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EJC survey: Quarter of young Britons believe another Holocaust could occur in their lifetime
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EJC survey: Quarter of young Britons believe another Holocaust could occur in their lifetime

One in four British citizens aged 18-35 believe that that another Holocaust could happen in Europe during their lifetime. This is one of many shocking findings from a poll undertaken by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) and released ahead of an unprecedented emergency official European Union forum to discuss rising anti-Semitism and growing hate, racism and religious extremism in Europe on the 26th January.

The Forum is taking place against the backdrop of the recent slaying of 17 people at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris.

Almost 60% of respondents did not know that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Around 15% of those surveyed agreed with statements that the government should consider introducing laws which require Jews to carry an ID that states their religion on it, while a further fifth of respondents answered unequivocally that they “don’t know”, and should consider introducing laws requiring businesses owned by Jews to have some form of special identification. 21% felt the government should consider introducing laws requiring businesses owned by Muslims to have some form of special identification.

Both of these forms of discrimination were infamously part of the Nazi’s Nuremberg Laws, created as part of their anti-Semitic programme to identify, ostracise and eventually eliminate the Jews of Europe. When asked whether they thought these types of discriminatory laws were likely to be passed against Jews in Europe today, a quarter (25%) said that it was likely.

“The most worrying aspect of this survey is that a repeat of the Holocaust is no longer something outside of our wildest nightmares, and that view is shared by a significant amount of British young adults,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said, in response to the survey results. “The fact that one in five or six British respondents would want to enact discriminatory laws against Jews and Muslims and force them to be openly identified and stigmatised as they were in Nazi Germany should shock us into action.”

The poll, conducted by Survation, under the supervision of 202 Strategies, also demonstrated that British youth understand that anti-Semitism is rising in their country, with 52.9% stating that anti-Semitism exists in the UK today.

“These shocking results demonstrate that now more than ever we need actions to prevent a further descent into anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia,” said Dr. Kantor. “We need to harness European leadership during this high-level meeting to discuss strong and robust measures to combat anti-Semitism, discrimination and hate and to provide a practical roadmap which deals holistically with all the threats and utilises all tools available."

On 26th January, the European Jewish Congress will be holding a high-level forum in Prague, in cooperation with the Czech Government and the European Parliament. The 4th International Let My People Live! Forum will meet the challenges of the present and future, particularly the rise in hate, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia currently seen across Europe. 

This Forum will be a platform for discussing the issues and finding practical solutions and recommendations for dealing with these threats. "There is a great importance in holding a forum that will serve a practical purpose, designed to raise awareness among opinion shapers and decision makers on the three levels of leadership, political and legal spheres, so they will have the tools to act and motivate others to act." Kantor said.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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