More Germans worried about Islamophobia than anti-Semitism, new poll finds

According to the European Jewish Association, just one in four Germans say that more needs to be done to eradicate anti-Semitism.

June 24, 2015 17:02
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A Jewish man visits the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald

A Jewish man visits the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A new survey conducted by the European Jewish Association claims that just one in four Germans believe the European Union should do more to eradicate anti-Semitism.

The results of the survey, which were released by the EJA on Wednesday, also indicate that more Germans are worried about the rise of anti-Muslim animus than hostility toward Jews.

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Nearly four in 10 Germans believe that the authorities are doing an adequate job of combating anti-Semitism on the Continent, while 15 percent said that the government should be doing less.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the EJA, said the results of the survey are a disconcerting sign that Germans have failed to adequately internalize the lessons of the Holocaust.

“The German public is simply unaware of the rising tide of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism,” Margolin said.

The poll asked Germans to list the top 10 challenges facing the European continent. Of the 10, anti-Semitism was ranked ninth, while more than twice the number of respondents said that Islamophobia was a more urgent matter.

Over half of Germans polled (53%) said that the most pressing issue facing the EU was immigration; 44% said the environment was the biggest challenge; and terrorism was the third-most urgent problem.

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