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Poll: Jews in Europe Do Not Report Anti-Semitic Events

Desecrated Jewish cemetery in France / AP
• November 15, 2013 9:23 am

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A new poll reveals that Jews in Europe seem unwilling to report "isolated, personally directed anti-Semitic events to authorities, Israel Hayom reports.

Some 82 percent of those surveyed who reported having felt discriminated against because they were Jews said this was the first time they were telling anyone about it.

The poll indicated that the Internet remains a forum for anonymous individuals to espouse anti-Semitism. Seventy-five percent of those polled said anti-Semitism on the Internet in their home countries was problematic. Among children and adults between the ages of 16 and 29, 16% reported having been subject to offensive replies on Internet forums.

Off the Internet, 25% of those polled reported having experienced verbally abusive language or harassment because they were Jews. Additionally, nearly one in five respondents said they had been physically attacked apparently because of their Jewish identity.

The study was only conducted in European Union countries.

Sixty-six percent of those polled claimed anti-Semitism was a problem that existed in every EU country; 75% said anti-Semitism has become worse over the last five years; almost half of respondents said they were afraid they would be verbally abused for being Jewish in the next 12 month; and a third of all respondents said they feared being physically assaulted.

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