According to a survey conducted by a Polish institute and presented this month to the Polish Parliament, 23% of Poles believe the myth that Jews used to kidnap Christian children for ritual purposes, and 22% believe that Jews living today are responsible for Jesus’ death.
The survey, which included 1000 participants from all over Poland, was coducted by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CBOS). The findings indicate an increase in the preva lence of anti-Semitic opinions compared to a 2009 survey, including an increase in views reflecting traditional anti-Semitism. The survey also shows that 63 percent of those polled believe in various other conspiracy theories related to Jews: 67 percent believe that Jews want to increase their influence in the world and 44 percent believe that Jews control the world.
Yaakov Hagoel, the head of the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Activities in Israel and Countering Anti-Semitism, said that he is “horrified at the fact that in 2014 many Jews all over the world live in anti-Semitic and prejudicial terror.” Europe in particular, he said, has seen a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents.
“The most serious anti-Semitic incidents committed every day in the world require the attention of the Israeli government and the governments in whose jurisdiction these acts are carried out," Hagoel said. "It is unconscionable that in democratic, developed and tolerant countries there should be such serious cases of anti-Semitism against Jews only because they are Jews.”
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