Why hatred of Jews is on the rise in Western Europe

Attacks on Jews, notably in France and in Germany, have risen in the latest years.

Attacks on Jews, notably in France and in Germany, have risen in the latest years and seem to confirm the apparent connexion: “anti-Semitism in Europe is on the rise again and is mainly supported by immigrants”, says the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, adding that “the debate is emotional and rarely based on verifiable data.” The Swiss daily adds that “While classic anti-Semitism is on the decline, it is the Israeli-based anti-Semitism that is causing the most controversy today – and, according to some research, is also increasing.”

The NZZ publishes the main findings of a research conducted by David Feldman from the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck University of London. He investigated the possible link between anti-Semitism and migration. Feldman and his research group focused on Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. They gathered new surveys from the countries and compared them with each other.

“Methodically this is a challenge”, says the NZZ: The surveys of anti-Semitic sentiments and attacks usually happen country-specifically. The definitions and measurement methods differ, so the absolute numbers can not be compared. However, tendencies in countries can be identified and compared with each other.