Anti-Semitism is usual experience for one in eight Germans


Central Europe


A demonstration against anti-Semitism in Germany. Photo EPA, Omer Messinger

For one in eight Germans (12 per cent), is anti-Semitism an everyday experience.

This was the result of a survey by the research institute INSA-Consulere on behalf of the Protestant news agency IDEA.

However, two-thirds of people in Germany did not see any anti-Semitism in their environment. Another 12 per cent answered, "don't know," and 9 per cent did not respond.

Typically, men see more anti-Semitism than women (14 per cent versus 11 per cent). Younger people notice it more often than older people (14 per cent of 18- to 29-year-olds do it, 19 per cent of 30- to 39-year-olds, 13 per cent of 40- to 49-year-olds, and 10 per cent of 50- to 59-year-olds per cent and 9 per cent for those over 60 years of age).

The research also showed that Catholics see more anti-Semitism (15 per cent) than Protestants (11 per cent).

Anti-Semitism seems extremely present for Islamic people: 25 per cent of them notices it.

There is also a distinction for supporters of political parties. Social Democratic sympathizers see more anti-Semitism (17 per cent) in their environment than Christian Democrats (16 per cent). People from the right-wing AfD see it more (15 per cent) than Greens (13), Liberals (12) and Leftists) (10).

The survey was done in late June among 2,101 adults.



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