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