PARIS (EJP)— Results of a poll conducted by a German think-tank on European attitudes towards Jews and Israel are “deeply disturbing,” said the European Jewish Congress (EJC).
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a think-tank associated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party, found extremely worrying attitudes amongst a host of Europeans.
The study – “Intolerance, Prejudice, Discrimination: A European Report” –questioned roughly 1,000 people in Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and France.
When asked to respond to the statement that “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians,” 63% of the study’s participants in Poland agreed with the statement, while in Germany 47.7 percent expressed agreement.
Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC expressed incredulity at the results. “It is astonishing to see these figures and a damning indictment on efforts to fight hatred and intolerance in Europe,” he said.
“The governments of Europe, and the European Union, have to wake up to this before it is too late.”
The researchers also asked respondents whether they agreed with the statement “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era.” 72.2% of Polls, 49.8% of German’s and 68.1% of Hungarians replied in the affirmative.
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