In the wake of the Israel-Hamas conflict, anti-Semitism surged across Europe. Synagogues were attacked, Jewish cultural centers were vandalized, Jewish shops were threatened and identifiably Jewish individuals beaten on the street. Jews and Israel were compared to the Nazis. The chant of “death to the Jews” was heard at anti-Israel rallies.
The poll results show that average Anti-Semitic attitudes in Western Europe are 24% of respondants, while in Eastern Europe they are 34%. Greece has the highest number at 69%, while Sweden has the lowest at 4%.
Two of the most fundamental Jewish rites -- circumcision and kosher slaughter -- are increasingly being challenged in Europe.
October 3 – Bastia (Corsica) – Swastikas were painted on the city’s synagogue.
September 30 – Athens – Anti-Semitic statements were made by Golden Dawn MP Michail Arvanitis, in the Greek Parliament. MP Arvanitis claimed that Greek Jews do not pay taxes, and then stated that Greek Jews through their contributions to their Jewish communities send the Jewish money into the Jewish banks while the State spends money for them.
September 12, 2014 - Hertfordshire - Visibly Jewish school students were refused entry into a sporting goods store by a security guard who told them "no Jews" were allowed in. The store later apologized and the security guard was fired.