Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Germany witnesses sickening rise of anti-Semitism – shock survey finds | World | News

The nation-wide survey published this morning found that more than a quarter of Germans hold anti-Semitic views. According to the survey, which was carried out by Schoen Consulting on behalf of the World Jewish Congress, 16 percent of Germans believe Jews are “unfavourable”. Twelve percent of respondents said they was “somewhat unfavourable” while four percent said the race is “very unfavourable”.

When delving deeper into the anti-Semitic views, the study found that 41 percent of Germans believe that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust”.

And 24 percent said “Jews have too much power in international financial markets”, “have too much control over global affairs” and “think they are better than other people”.

The survey’s findings, which involved interviews with 1,300 adults in Germany between July 30 and August 6, was released in the wake of an attempted anti-Semitic massacre in Halle, eastern Germany.

The October attack left two people dead but the number could have been much larger as the gunman failed to break through the synagogue door, despite repeatedly shooting at it and attempting to blow it open with a bomb.

The 35-minute attack was filmed and live-streamed on a popular computer gaming website, and featured anti-Semitic rants and Holocaust denials.

An online manifesto of hate, expressing anti-semitic views, was also published online by the attacker.

After his failed efforts, the man went on a rampage in the surrounding area shooting two people dead.

The targeted synagogue’s main entrance had been fortified to improve security, a measure that probably saved the lives of around 70 people inside.

Jewish communities across Europe have increasingly taken precautions to safeguard themselves against violence after a sharp rise in anti-Semitism.

Last week interior ministers from 16 regional German states joined federal interior minister Horst Seehofer to outline a package of safeguards for Jewish premises.

They are also targeting online hate speech and planning to roll out preventative education measures in schools.

The “massive” security boost will be similar to the one Germany has already established to deter Islamist terror.

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“We are extremely alert on this matter,” he added.

Another survey conducted for German public broadcaster ARD by pollsters Intratest dimap published last Friday showed 59 percent of Germans believe anti-Semitism is spreading.

Compared to last year’s sample, the figure has jumped 19 percent.

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