Monthly Archives: March 2018

Anti-Semitism in Europe Today

Anti- Semitism is Europe was at its highest during the days of Hitler something that no one will forget as it was a hideous tragedy in European history. Since that time things have come a long way in the form of tolerance, or so it seemed. The question today is- are those feelings of hate arising again? In countries like France Jews are getting murdered, synagogues attacked causing many Jews to be concerned for their safety often moving out of the countries in which this is the highest. But on the down side some see the immigration due to fear possibly only making matters worse and bringing out anti- Semitic views to the surface where they were once hidden.

Increasing Anti- Semitic Incidents

In response to the attacks on Jews countries all across Europe have spoken out making it clear that any hate crimes against Jews or anyone else won’t be tolerated. This is bringing the problem to attention in the form of the news in many of these European countries causing more people to stand up and say that these actions are not ok. That is great news that it seems through polls taken that right now those that have anti- Semitic views are actually a very small portion of the population in Europe. But what many experts fear is that people are simply hiding their bias and true feelings in the light of governments standing up for tolerance and supporting the Jewish people. Thus many feel that when the violence ends the anti- Semitic views will simply return. This isn’t to say that Europe hasn’t come a long way as it has in history but the Jewish people should not feel threatened, or that they have to hide being Jewish in their day to day life. Nor should they fear attacks from people even if it is a small portion of the community that both feels that way, and acts out against the Jewish people.

Focus

Right now the governments must first focus on assuring the Jewish that they are safe and do not have to worry about history repeating itself, or being attacked in any way over their faith. But it can’t end there as there have to be movements to change the attitudes of people to the point no one has to live in fear or experience bias for being Jewish. Only when attitudes change will the violence cease to exist in these European countries. By making an effort for everyone to understand one another and see each other as people, and respect each other for their choice of faith like with everything else peace can start to happen. Many problems people have said in polls that they had towards the Jewish is that they felt the Jewish people believe they are better than everyone else which is a common theme for anyone with anti- Semitic views. That topic is something that should be discussed in order to have it set straight so people can move on instead of moving to violence where they shouldn’t be any.