High number of Europeans blame Jews for world's troubles

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Nearly one-third of all Europeans say the Jews are to blame for the current global economic downturn, according to a new poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League in seven European countries earlier this year.

When asked who was to blame for the financial crisis in Europe and the US, 31 percent of respondents across the continent pointed the finger at high-ranking Jews in the financial industry, reported Ha'aretz.

In Hungary, Spain and Poland, the number of people who blamed Jews for the situation was closer to 50 percent. [Austria, France, Germany and the UK were the other countries in survey.]

Furthermore, 58 percent of respondents across Europe said their opinion of local Jews had worsened as a result of their feelings toward Israel and its policies.

The ADL and other Jewish groups have previously warned that results like these make clear that even in "enlightened" Europe, another Holocaust is possible, and perhaps inevitable.

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