Anti-Semitism On The Rise In Europe

A recent survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has confirmed what many European Jews have been reporting for years– anti-Semitism is on the rise.

The eight European countries surveyed– Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom– are home to 90% of the world’s Jewish population.

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This study, released just as tension and civil unrest in Ukraine started making headlines, finds that a majority of Jews living in Europe believe anti-Semitism is a big problem that affects their everyday lives. Some have even considered immigrating to another country to escape prejudice.

Civil rights advocates in Europe have called for legislation to combat racism and intolerance, but legal action does not attack the root of the problem. The survey acknowledges that anti-Semitism runs strong throughout the course of European history– eradicating deep-seeded beliefs, to many, is an insurmountable challenge.

It’s difficult to believe that in a post-Holocaust era anti-Semitism still has a large presence. The fight for equality and solidarity between people of different creeds can seem like a losing battle, but it doesn’t have to be.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, an organization that exists to protect the Jewish people and support Israel, has been bringing together people of these two great faiths for over 30 years.

This successful cooperation– marked by dialogue, respect, and understanding– has helped hundreds of thousands of Jews escape poverty and anti-Semitism and return to their biblical homeland. The Fellowship funds humanitarian assistance for Jews around the world and also provides life-giving aid to Israel’s victims of war and terror.

With your help, The Fellowship community can grow and reach the darkest corners of the world– where anti-Semitism shadows the lives of millions.

Visit ifcj.org to find out how you can help European Jews.