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European Antisemitism Survey

The Pears Institute is involved in a major survey – the first of its kind – to gain new insights into how Jews perceive and experience antisemitism today.

The research has been commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and is being managed by them in partnership with the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) and Ipsos MORI. A team of leading scholars in the study of contemporary European Jewry and antisemitism has been brought together to contribute specialist knowledge.

David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute, is contributing his expertise to the academic team.

The research is being conducted through an online survey which went live in September 2012 and will be completed by the end of the year. The survey investigates first-hand examples of antisemitic harassment and violence, as well as the extent to which Jews feel safe and secure in Europe today, how they characterize antisemitism, and whether or not they perceive it to be a growing threat.  It further explores how and whether incidents are being reported, and levels of awareness among European Jews about their legal rights.

Data is being collected in nine European Union Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The survey results were published by the FRA in November 2013. The full report can be found here.

The data will provide important evidence both for European Union and national policy makers, as well as for national and European Jewish organisations concerned with security and antisemitism.  All these stakeholders will use the data to tackle discrimination and hate crime against Jews, as well as rights awareness and under-reporting of incidents.

The academic team, brought together by Jonathan Boyd, Executive Director of JPR to advise on the study, comprises:

  • Prof. Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Prof. Erik Cohen, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, Hebrew University, Israel
  • Prof. Lars Dencik, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Prof. David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemtism, University of London, UK
  • Dr Olaf Gloeckner, Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Germany
  • Prof. András Kovács, Central European University, Hungary
  • Dr Daniel Staetsky, Jewish Policy Research, UK

Input is also provided by Mike Whine and Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, UK

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Posted: November 2013