ADL Calls on the EU to Take Strong Action After Report Shows Anti-Semitism is Deepening Across Europe

Jewish communities feel threatened by increasingly hostile environment

New York, NY, December 10, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep concern with an European Union survey which found that anti-Semitism is pervasive and deepening across Europe, and it urged the EU to take action to protect Jewish communities threatened by an increasingly hostile environment.

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey found that half of European Jews worry about being the target of verbal assaults and 40 percent live in daily fear of being physically attacked. The survey also found that as a result of those fears, 28 percent of those polled “always or frequently” avoid going to Jewish institutions or attending community events. And 38 percent of European Jews have considered emigrating from Europe for safety reasons, compared to 29 percent six years ago.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said:

The Agency for Fundamental Rights report confirms what we’ve heard anecdotally in recent years: more than ever European Jews are fearing for their safety and questioning whether there is a future for them in their home countries. Not surprisingly, the looming threat of violent anti-Semitism is the root cause of their fear. 

This pervasive sense of insecurity is unacceptable and must end. The Jewish people should not have to live in a constant state of fear while going about their daily lives. Jews have every right to be able to live openly and freely as Jews and to be fully accepted in society. If they cannot, the risk increases that the Jewish communities of Europe will severely contract or even disappear from disaffiliation and emigration.

We call on all European governments to live up to and fully implement the commitments they made last week in the Council of the European Union’s unanimously adopted “Declaration on the Fight Against Anti-Semitism and the Development of a Common Security Approach to Better Protect Jewish Communities and Institutions in Europe.” Those commitments must translate into greater security for Jews across Europe, allowing them to live openly and freely as Jews.

Several European leaders have said words to the effect that “Europe will not be Europe without its Jews.” The time has come to take decisive steps to prevent that outcome.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.