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JPR Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, recently visited Brussels to launch JPR’s latest report, Young Jewish Europeans: perceptions and experiences of antisemitism
The study was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
The report, authored by JPR and published in partnership with the European Commission and FRA, provides a unique and unprecedented picture of 16-34 year-old Jews across Europe, exploring the nature of their Jewishness, their sense of belonging and the effects of contemporary antisemitism on their lives.
It finds that whilst young Jews have strong Jewish identities and participate freely in Jewish life, contemporary forms of antisemitism are taking their toll. Most young Jews see it as a growing problem in the countries in which they live, high proportions point to social media as the context in which it is most prevalent, and many report being frequently blamed by others for the actions of the Israeli government.
Most disturbingly of all, young Jews are significantly more likely than their elders to experience antisemitic harassment. In many instances this is coming from 'work or school/college colleagues' and given that 56% of the sample of 2,707 young Jews said they were studying at university or school in the year prior to the survey, it seems probable that much of this is happening within and around the university sector.
Commenting on the findings, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, said: "We need to act fast to combat antisemitism in Europe and join our efforts to keep our youth safe. We want young Jewish people to grow up in Europe feeling they fully belong here. Antisemitism is a threat to our European values. This is why we made fighting it a priority and work closely with Member States to ensure they are fully part of our Union.”
FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, added: “We owe it to all Jews, and particularly future generations, to erase this blot once and for all through coordinated action at the EU and national level working hand-in-hand with Jewish communities.”