First EU study to assess anti-Semitism in Europe

The European Union has begun a major study of anti-Semitism on the continent.

The study, which aims to assess the problem and recommend solutions, is probably the first survey to ask Jews in nine EU member states about their perceptions and experiences of anti-Semitism, hate speech, hate-motivated violence and discrimination.

The U.K.-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research and Ipsos MORI, a prominent U.K. research company, have been commissioned by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to conduct the study, which comes at a time of increasing concern among Jews in some European countries.

According to the statement, the online survey will “investigate first-hand examples of anti-Semitic harassment and violence, as well as the extent to which Jews feel safe and secure in Europe today, how they characterize anti-Semitism, and whether or not they perceive it to be a growing threat. It will further explore how and whether incidents are reported, and levels of awareness among European Jews about their legal rights.”

For now, data will be collected in nine European Union member states — Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Survey results are to be published in 2013. — jta