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The Netherlands: Almost Half of Dutch Jews Say They’re Afraid of Identifying as Jewish

Tuesday 27 November 2018, by siawi3

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Almost Half of Dutch Jews Say They’re Afraid of Identifying as Jewish

According to a new survey of Dutch Jews, many feel that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Netherlands and 48% say they take steps to hide their ethnic heritage

JTA

Nov 27, 2018 2:24 PM

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Nearly half of 557 respondents in a survey of Dutch Jews said they were afraid of identifying as such.

Of the respondents, 43 percent said they take active steps to hide their Jewish identity, such as wear a hat over their kippah or hide Star of David pendants.

Many respondents cited their perception of a rise in the prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment, with 48 percent saying they avoid situations where they suspect they may be exposed to anti-Semitic reactions.

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The results of the survey were published Monday.

Other key findings:

- 52 percent of respondents say anti-Semitism on the street has become more common; 59 percent say it extends also to media and 82 percent see it rising online.

- 34 percent said they had experienced anti-Semitic remarks directed against them; of those, 89 percent said that those remarks were connected to Israel.

- 11 percent of respondents said they had experienced anti-Semitic violence directed against them. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they heard anti-Semitic jokes, featuring stereotypes about Jews. Other jokes involved the Holocaust. One respondent said a neighbor once told him that the only reason the respondents is living in the Netherlands is “because they forgot to gas” his family.

The poll was conducted by the EenVanddag television show of the NPO 1 channel with the JMW Jewish group and the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands.

JTA

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