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.
September 16, 2014 - Anderlecht - A synagogue was the target of an arson attack.
September 14, 2014 - Brussels - Rocks and bottles were thrown at the Jewish Martyrs’ memorial.
September 10, 2014 - A man on a tram shouted that Muslims were being killed in Iraq and “Belgium does nothing, it’s ruled by Jews, who should be killed.”
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.