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European Antisemitism Survey

This major survey – the first of its kind – gained new insights into how Jews perceive and experience antisemitism today.

The research, commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), was managed by the FRA 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 was brought together to contribute specialist knowledge. David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute, contributed his expertise to the academic team.

The research was conducted through an online survey in the autumn of 2012 in nine European Union Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The research investigated first-hand examples of antisemitic harassment and violence, as well as the extent to which Jews feel safe and secure in Europe, how they characterize antisemitism, and whether or not they perceive it to be a growing threat.  It further explored how and whether incidents are being reported, and levels of awareness among European Jews about their legal rights.

The data provides important evidence both for European Union and national policy makers, as well as for national and European Jewish organisations concerned with security and antisemitism.

The academic team, brought together to advise on the study, comprised:

  • 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

Report: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU Member States: experiences and perceptions of antisemitism, FRA, 2013.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 1

The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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