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Thursday 17 April 2014

Europe anti-Semitism 'on the rise'

A Jewish cemetery desecrated by vandals.

More than three-quarters of European Jews believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they don't feel safe, according to a poll.

The survey was conducted by the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights. Its release on Friday was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany.

Among the findings: 34% of poll respondents in Sweden and 29% in France said they never wear a Star of David or anything else that could signal their religion.

The Agency for Fundamental Rights said 5,847 self-identified Jews were surveyed in eight Western European countries. It said its findings aim to provide guidance on measures to take against anti-Semitism.

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