According to a survey from the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, almost one in three Jews in Europe has considered emigration thanks to rising anti-Semitism on the continent. The symptoms of that anti-Semitism range from local laws around Europe cracking down on sale of products from Israeli territory in Judea and Samaria to restrictions on kosher slaughter and circumcision. Throwback Nazi-associated parties have also been on the rise in the countries of Eastern Europe as well as Greece.
According to the agency, “while member states have made sustained efforts to combat anti-Semitism, the problem is still widespread.” The countries surveyed included France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Britain, and Latvia. The increase immigration to Europe of radicalized Muslim populations from the Middle East and Northern Africa has also contributed to the rising tide of anti-Semitism. Overall, two thirds of respondents said they think anti-Semitism remains a big problem in their countries, and over three in four said the situation had worsened over the last five years.
Naturally, the EU attributed the problem to “extreme right-wing nationalist groups,” even though a plurality of respondents blamed “Muslim extremist views,” followed by “left-wing political views,” and finally “right-wing views.”
According to a survey from the Anti-Defamation League in 2012, a huge percentage of Europeans believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than their home countries, ranging from 45 percent in France to 72 percent in Spain. 73 percent of Hungarians said Jews have too much power in the business world, along with 60 percent in Spain. 53 percent of the Polish population said Jews focus too much on the Holocaust.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.