There has been a shocking rise in anti-Semitism, which has coincided with a marked decline across Europe in the level of public knowledge about the Holocaust, according to a new CNN poll.
More than 7,000 people across Europe were surveyed to produce a report detailing public sentiment towards Jews.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is deeply disturbed by the report, noting one of the most troubling findings is that one-third of the respondents believe that Israel uses the Holocaust to justify its actions and to deflect criticism against the Jewish state.
WJC CEO Robert Singer says it is absolutely insufferable, yet sadly unsurprising, that 75 years after the Holocaust, the age-old antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes continue unfettered around the world.
“We have long been alarmed by the resurgence of anti-Semitism, and this recent poll underscores our ongoing concern. There can be no confusion in the fact that accusing Israel of exploiting the brutal murder of six million Jews for its own gains is nothing short of blood libel and the worst forms of xenophobia.”
This poll made it clearer than ever that preserving the memory of the Holocaust through thorough and accurate education is critical to the survival of the Jewish people and all minorities under threat of racism, discrimination and violence, Singer says.
“It is precisely for this reason that the WJC partnered with UNESCO to launch a website geared toward educating young adults and those unaware about the horrors of the Holocaust and the danger of what can happen when such atrocities are ignored, forgotten, or distorted.”
Read CNN’s analysis of its poll results – Anti-Semitism never disappeared in Europe: it’s alive and kicking – here.
Read the JTA’s article on the CNN poll here.