Tuesday, June 30, 2015

European Prejudice Falls Where Jews Were Attacked

European countries that were the scenes of attacks against Jews have experienced a notable drop in anti-Semitism

By Naftali Bendavid, WSJ
Updated June 30, 2015 2:21 a.m. ET

BRUSSELS—European countries that were the scenes of attacks against Jews in 2014 or 2015 have experienced a notable drop in anti-Semitism, due to increased public awareness and strong government responses, a new poll finds.

In France, 37% of the population held anti-Semitic views in a survey in May, 2014, by the Anti-Defamation League, a leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and other prejudice. Following the killing of four people in January at a kosher supermarket in Paris, that number has dropped by 20 points to 17%.

Similarly, in Belgium, where an assailant killed four people at a Jewish Museum in Brussels in May 2014, the proportion of those holding anti-Semitic views dropped from 27% to 21%. And in Germany, which was the site last summer of an attack on a synagogue and anti-Semitic chants at protests against the Gaza war, the number fell to 16% from 27%.

A striking difference from previous anti-Semitism in Europe has been the swift condemnations of governments from Paris to Berlin to Brussels, accompanied in some cases by the deployment of thousands of troops to protect Jewish institutions, said Abraham Foxman, the league’s national director.

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