TEL AVIV – A new poll shows anti-Semitism is rife among leftwing Germans, with 34% of respondents saying Jews have “too much influence” in the country, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The survey, conducted by the Research Association on the SED [Socialist Unity Party] State at the Free University of Berlin, showed that 34% of leftwing radicals agreed with the anti-Semitic belief that Jews are “money-grabbing,” and 16% of Germans defined as radically left-wing hold anti-Semitic views.
A further 13% of radical leftwingers said Jews are consumed with money.
The study included an online survey with 36,000 respondents.
According to its website, the association researches the former East German communist state and its SED party, which is no longer in existence. The association seeks “to gain more insight into the outer and inner conditions that made possible the 40 years of a second German dictatorship in the 20th century.”
The researchers who led the study, Monika Deutz-Schroeder and Klaus Schroeder, said anti-Semitic extremist leftism equates “Jew” with “capitalist” and “exploiter.”
The study also noted that according to police statistics since 2009, leftwing violence has been more prevalent in Germany than rightwing violence.
The survey was financed by the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth.
While the researchers do not believe left-wing violence poses a threat to Germany’s democracy, they warned of an increase in violence among leftists.
Calls to boycott Israel are widespread among German leftwing extremists. The annual international worker’s day event in Berlin has hosted Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) groups.
The city of Bremen in northern Germany is known to be a hotbed of BDS activity. The city came under fire for giving municipality-funded premises for campaigns against the Jewish state.