Sunday, January 24, 2016

Over 40% of Europeans Hold Antisemitic Views; Report Claims Israel Is Behaving Like the Nazis

According to data presented at an Israeli cabinet meeting today (January 24, 2016), more than 40 percent of European Union (EU) citizens hold antisemitic views and agree with the claim that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and behaving like the Nazis, the Algemeiner website reports.

Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett -- who also serves as minister of education -- presented the country's 2015 antisemitism report, pointing to the trends emerging in Europe as a result of the spread of radical Islam; the refugee and migrant crisis; the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement; and the rise of the extreme Right.

The "new antisemitism" explored in the report deals mainly with Jew-hatred among Muslims, rather than fringe parties in various European countries. The report states that "anti-Israel protests and accusations that Israel is a blood-thirsty, illegitimate country creates a slippery slope that eventually leads to the assault on Jews identified with Israel."

Another aspect of antisemitism raised in the report is that it has led to Jewish "enclosure in guarded areas and to a record high in emigration from Western Europe."

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