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Almost 50 percent of Belgian, French, Hungarian Jews thinking of moving to Israel or North America

By Mason White 7:22 PM June 26, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
A large portion of Jews living in Belgium, France and Hungary are contemplating leaving their country in order to seek out safer ground in Israel and in North America, according to a new poll conducted by JNS.org.

The new study showed that despite the fact that European Jewish life is still vibrant, 40 to 50 percent of the Jews in Belgium, France and Hungary are considering emigrating, some to Israel and others to North America.

In a report entitled “Jewish-European Signals and Noise”, the Jewish People Planning Institute cited a European Union study on the perception of anti-Semitism, which showed that anti-Semitic incidents in Europe increased by over 30 percent in 2012. In France, anti-Semitic incidents increased by 58 percent in 2012, with a staggering 96 violent attacks.

In countries such as France and Sweden, anti-Semitism is thriving among Muslim elements and rationalized as a response to Israeli policy against the Palestinians. In Greece and Hungary, it is rationalized based on the calls for ethnic purity and nationalism.

According to a large-scale survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism commissioned by the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU Jews, 26 percent of respondents claim to have experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once in the last 12 months, and 34 percent experienced anti-Semitic harassment in the last five years.