Jews urged to stop playing Holocaust victim

Jews should stop "playing the victim" for the Holocaust, European respondents to an anti-Semitism poll have said.

    The state of Israel was declared shortly after the Holocaust

    Thirty-five per cent of those polled by the Ipso research institute said Jews

    "should stop playing the victim for ... persecutions

     of 50 years ago".

    The poll also revealed that 46% of those asked feel Jews in their countries

    have a "mentality and lifestyle" different to that of

    other citizens.



    newspaper Corriere della Sera commissioned the poll which

    was conducted in Italy, France,

    Belgium, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany,

    and Britain.

    Middle East Conflict  


    - 35% said Jews should stop "playing the victim" for the Holocaust

    - 46% believe Jews are different

    - 40.5% believe Jews have "a particular relationship with money"

    It was released a day before many European countries mark

    a day of remembrance for Holocaust victims


    About 40.5% said Jews in their country had "a

    particular relationship with money", n

    early 18% said they felt Judaism was "intolerant",

    and almost 17% did not consider Jews "real" compatriots.

    The poll suggested the attitude of Europeans towards Jews

    was linked to criticism of Israel over the Middle East conflict.

    More than 71% of those polled said Israel should

    leave the occupied territories and Palestinians should stop

    attacking Israeli targets.


    And 68% said they believed Israel had a right to

    exist, and the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was

    "making the wrong choices".

    Jewish leaders have expressed concern over

    the poll's findings.

    "Obviously the virus of anti-Semitism is far more resilient

    and determined than we might have thought in the past," said

    Rabbi David Rosen,

    of the American Jewish Committee.

    Rosen, who is based in Israel, said he believed the

    rise in anti-Semitism was due to the half-century that had

    passed since the horrors of the last world war.

    "The moral implications of anti-Semitism simply don't speak

    to a younger generation of Europeans"

    Rabbi David Rosen,
    The American Jewish Committee

    Holocaust survey

    "The moral implications of anti-Semitism simply don't speak

    to a younger generation of Europeans," he said.

    "What's more amazing than the percentage of people who hold

    those opinions is the percentage of people willing to express


    The poll findings come a few days after a survey found more

    than one in seven British people believe the scale of the Holocaust has



    The Jewish

    Chronicle survey also showed n

    early 20% of those questioned

     believe a

    Jewish prime minister of Britain would be less acceptable than a

    member of any other faith.


    Another recent survey for the European Union

    found most people on the continent identified Israel as the

    biggest threat to world peace.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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