Poll: European Jews Fear Anti-Semitism During Jewish Holiday

An alarming majority of Jews living in Europe today are afraid to reveal their Jewishness, especially during the Jewish holidays, a Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) survey found on Tuesday. Data revealed by the poll suggests a severe erosion in European Jews sense of security. It found that 85 percent of Jews in Europe do not bring their children to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah to hear the shofar, out of fear of anti-Semitism, according to the data shared with Israel s National News1.

Rabbis and community leaders from all over Europe report that more and more Jews refrain form publicly identifying with Jewish, said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association.

He added, Most young people whose parents avoid identifying as Jews do not retain a connection to the Jewish people and their homeland. This trend threatens the Jews of Europe and could later become a strategic problem for Israel. Margolin reiterated that there s a current wave of anti-Israel harassment and anti-Semitic expression.

On the other hand, especially in light of what has already been seen in many Islamicized cities throughout the continent, we are faced with a murky wave of nationalism and xenophobia.


  1. ^ according to the data shared with Israel s National News (www.israelnationalnews.com)

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