February 11th, 2009

Survey: Anti-Semitism on rise in Europe

Washington/Berlin – An opinion survey commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows that anti-Semitism in Europe has risen in recent years. The findings released by the ADL in Washington reveal that the global economic crisis and the war in Gaza have been the main reasons for the rise in anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey conducted in December 2008 and January 2009 found that almost one third of the respondents blame Jews for the current economic and financial crisis. 40% of those surveyed agree with the statement "Jews have too much power in the business world", in Spain, it is even 74%. In Germany, 21% of the respondents believe this statement to be true. Overall, 3,500 persons, 500 in each of the seven European countries – Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, were asked about their attitude towards Jews. (11.02.2009)