Worldwide Anti-Semitism Metastasizing 70 Years after Holocaust
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Bad news! Anti-Semitism is the on rise, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told the cabinet ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday this week.
Seventy-five percent of Jewish students in U.S. universities have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism, Bennett said, either from anti-Zionist campus organizations or from anti-Israel professors.
According to the statistics, the situation in Western Europe is particularly bad. Bennett said anti-Semitic crime in London rose more than 60 percent last year, Israeli press reports.
Regarding France, 57 percent of French Jews want to leave the country. There was an 84 percent jump in anti-Semitic attacks in France in the first quarter of last year compared to the same time the previous year. That included the attack on a kosher super market in Paris, killing four.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is also gaining traction in Europe where it's now promoting not only the boycott of Israel but also of Jewish events and representatives.
More than 40 percent of European citizens reportedly also hold some form of anti-Semitic views.
In a separate survey, the World Zionist Organization found that 67 percent of Israelis are worried about the safety of Jews living abroad.
In response to the report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said anti-Semitism is becoming "more and more vicious." He also called on the international community to oppose rising anti-Semitism and "harshly condemn" anti-Semitic acts.
"It's unacceptable that 70 years after the Holocaust we still see anti-Semitism in full swing," Netanyahu said on Sunday. "With past events in mind, we need to assure that this disaster will not be repeated and that is precisely the responsibility of the European Union and U.N., who are staying silent in the face of these worrisome statistics."