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80 percent of Israelis concerned about growing antisemitism worldwide

A recent Israel-wide survey has found that almost 80 percent of Israelis are concerned about anti-Semitism globally, with almost three-quarters of citizens (73 percent) believing anti-Semitism is widespread. More than half (61 percent) believe that the problem of anti-Semitism has only grown stronger during the past five years.

Additionally, 70% of Israelis deem that Jews living abroad are only somewhat or not at all safe living in their current place of residence due to this global issue.

Danon called 2021 “a year which has seen a record rise in terms of the manifestations of anti-Semitism.”

“The ‘Guardian of the Walls’ operation in Gaza in May 2021 and the spread of coronavirus are two of the most prominent explanations as to why antisemitic discourse has intensified on social media more than in the past,” he said. “Israel can and must do more and as such we must create and implement a clear strategy on both an educational and advocacy level to combat anti-Semitic hatred.”

Although more than 90 percent of Israelis think that each foreign government should take responsibility for the anti-Semitism in their country, many also believe that the state of Israel should intervene further to address the issue and stipulate that more is done to ensure the security of world Jewry. Such actions include requesting more from the U.N. and other international organizations (94 percent), and demanding concrete statements and actions from world leaders in order to try and eradicate anti-Semitism (94 percent).

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