Twenty-two percent of European Jews reported that they avoid public expressions of faith due to anti-semitism, the Times of Israel reports.
The survey, which consisted of 5,100 Jews living in Europe, said that many Jews avoid going to religious events altogether due to safety concerns.
The Times reports:
In France, 40 percent of approximately 1,200 Jews said they avoided wearing such items in public, followed by Belgium with 36 percent, according to preliminary results from the survey, obtained by JTA.
In total, 22 percent of respondents said they avoided “Jewish events or sites” because of safety concerns.
“The results show that a majority of European Jews are experiencing a rise in anti-Semitism,” Gert Weisskirchen, a former representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe for fighting anti-Semitism, said Tuesday at a conference in Kiev.
Twenty-seven percent of respondents said that Muslims were the main cause of the increase in anti-semitism, while 22 percent said left-wing views were to blame, and 19 percent pointed to right-wing views.