Nearly Half of Israelis Fear a Second Holocaust Miriam Alster/Flash90
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Nearly Half of Israelis Fear a Second Holocaust

There is a moderate-tohigh chance of the Jewish people facing another attempt to exterminate them in the future, according to 43 percent of Israelis.

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by Yossi Aloni

This survey was conducted in 2019, but the numbers are likely to have grown even higher today with rising antisemitism in the midst of the Corona pandemic, which a worrying number of people blame on Israel and the Jews.

Only 12 percent said that “never again” would the Jewish people face something like the Nazi Holocaust, to use the popular phrase bandied about by international leaders.

The survey was conducted by Shem Vener, an Israeli organization dedicated to lighting “a candle for every name” of those who perished in the Holocaust, among a representative sampling of 501 respondents, including 243 men and 258 women between the ages of 18 and 50.

More than half of those participating in the survey thought that Israel is not doing enough to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Over 40 percent said that in another 50 years, when there are no more living Holocaust survivors, very few, if any, people will still remember, let alone commemorate, the Nazi campaign to wipe out the Jewish people. Those who felt that the Holocaust could recur believe that the only way to...

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