A new survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League shows that approximately a quarter of the European population holds negative attitudes toward the Jewish community.
The ADL surveyed some 9,000 adults from 18 countries in Europe, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil between the months of April and June of this year.
The shocking figures showed that there was a distinct increase in anti-Semitic beliefs among people in Central and Eastern Europe. According to the Times of Israel, Argentina saw a 6 percent hike in anti-Semitic attitudes, Poland an 11% increase, Russia 8%, Brazil and South Africa 9%, and Ukraine an astonishing 14%.
All in all, roughly 25% of Europeans gave anti-Semitic reactions to most of the 11 assertions that made up the survey.
The statements included “Jews have too much power in the business world,” “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/to the countries they live in]” “Jews have too much power in international financial markets” and “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”
Those involved in the administration of the survey were profoundly troubled by the results.
“It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” said ADL’s CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “These findings serve as a powerful wake-up call that much work remains to be done to educate broad swaths of the populations in many of these countries to reject bigotry, in addition to addressing the pressing security needs where violent incidents are rising.”
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Source: Christian Headlines