Survey in Germany shows rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment

Increase in anti-Semitism comes as result of Operation Protective Edge during which large protests and cases of violence occurred through out Germany

Pro-Gaza anti-Israel protest in Berlin in July (AP)

Pro-Gaza anti-Israel protest in Berlin in July (AP)

A survey in Germany by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation shows a high increase in anti-Semitism and resentment towards the State of Israel following Operation Protective Edge. According to the bi-annual survey on xenophobia, one in four respondents to the poll compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to that of the Nazis persecution of Jews during World War II (27%).

The numbers have decreased since 2004, when 51% of respondents agreed to the statement.

During the time of Operation Protective Edge, large protests were held through out Germany, with slogans such as “Gas the Jews”. A petrol bomb was through into a synagogue in Wuppertal, a synagogue that was burned to the ground during Kristalnacht in 1938.

The anniversary of Kristalnacht was last week.

The survey was released following German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier statement last week that the “hatred of Jews: was on the rise in Germany and in Europe.

In June, respondents at 8% believed that Jews were responsible for their own persecution. The number rose to 18% in September. 1 in 5 respondents, over 1,915 Germans, responded that Israel’s policies made Jews “less likeable”.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation stated on the sharp rise in both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment that, “The lines between anti-Semitism and substantive criticism of Israel are becoming blurred and that is a problem.”