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Antisemitism the situation in the EU 2001-2011 THE STATE OF ISRAEL – EUROPEAN COMMISSION VIth Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism.

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1 Antisemitism the situation in the EU THE STATE OF ISRAEL – EUROPEAN COMMISSION VIth Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism JERUSALEM, JUNE 2012

2 The EU Fundamental Rights Agency Created in 2007 to provide evidence based assistance and expertise on fundamental rights issues to EU institutions and Member States, when implementing EU law to promote dialogue with civil society, in order to raise public awareness of fundamental rights and actively disseminate information about its work (Council Regulation (EC) 168/2007 of 15 /02/2007)

3 Civil Society Academia Fundamental Rights Platform Civil Society Academia Fundamental Rights Platform EU institutions and advisory bodies EU institutions and advisory bodies **CoE** OSCE UN **CoE** OSCE UN National Human Rights Institutions Equality Bodies National Human Rights Institutions Equality Bodies EU Member States National Liaison Officers Network EU Member States National Liaison Officers Network FRA

4 Research & Analysis Overview of FRAs work on antisemitism and discriminatio n and hate crime against Jews - Manifestation of antisemitism in the EU, Perceptions of antisemitism in the EU, Update on antisemitism in the EU (on annual basis, 8 th update in 2012) - Survey on experiences and perceptions of antisemitism in selected EU Member States 4

5 Research methodology Baseline: definitions and standards EU – CoE – UN Policy relevant research evidence based opinions Interdisciplinary socio – legal approach Active collection of secondary quantitative official and unofficial data and qualitative contextual information Quantitative and qualitative primary data collection fieldwork research to attain comparable data

6 Update on Antisemitism in the EU 8th update of 2004 report Manifestations of antisemitism in the EU – data provided by RAXEN Official and non-official statistical data (where available) Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, UK Limited information on incidents in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain No data were available for Estonia, Luxembourg (where no data are collected), Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia when compiling the report.

7 Official data on antisemitic incidents Only France, Germany and Sweden collect sufficient official criminal justice data allowing a trend analysis of recorded antisemitic crimes: France: the annual level remains above that of 2001 with an overall decreasing trend. Germany: incidents had a low point in 2003, increased in 2004 and 2005, 2006 and 2009, but since 2007 there is a downward trend. Sweden: A sharp increase in the number of crimes with an antisemitic motive reported to the police is observed between 2008 and 2009, followed by a sharp decline between 2009 and We are awaiting publication of official data for 2011 by the end of 2012.

8 Official data France Source: Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme Germany Source: Kriminalpolizeiliche r Meldedienst - Politisch motivierte Kriminalität, KMPD PMK 1,6911,7711,3441,4491,7481,8091,6571,5591,6901,2681,239 Sweden Source: Centre for research and development within the judicial system /bra/bra-in- english/home.html /bra/bra-in- english/home.html To be published towards end of 2012

9 Data collection issues Contradiction inherent in data collection: Countries with the best data collection systems become portrayed as those with the worst problem But! Whilst high figures indicate that a serious problem exists, they also indicate that it is taken seriously Adequate and EU coordinated criminal data collection procedures, police training, third party reporting, etc, needed Need to facilitate civil society efforts to record incidents

10 Other issues Events in the Middle East led to a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents Efforts by community leaders and government to defuse tensions between Muslim and Jewish groups (FR, BE) Financial crisis used in the rhetoric of extremist groups Extreme right and left wing and increasingly populist political rhetoric uses/disseminates antisemitic conspiracy notions Traditional antisemitic stereotypes persist with nuanced references to the Israel/Palestinian conflict Perpetrators identities and motivation under-researched

11 Antisemitism in sports 2009 research revealed anti-Semitic incidents in sports in many EU Member States, in particular related to football Players in Jewish teams have been subjected to antisemitic slander and threats by players of other teams or spectators in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Germany Anti-Semitic slanders and chants were directed at the fans and players for clubs that have or had a Jewish background or roots in the Jewish community like Ajax Amsterdam, NL; FK Vienna, AT or Tottenham Hotspur, UK References to the Holocaust in graffiti, chants or banners in Poland and Slovakia or antisemitic slanders and remarks expressed by neo-Nazis.

12 Causes for the upsurge in antisemitism Statistical trends over the past few years does indicate that for some countries Middle East political developments impact on antisemitic activity, e.g. impact of Lebanon war in France and the UK in 2006, Gaza incursion of 2008 in various MSs in late 2008 and early From a scientific perspective the overall paucity of data, allows only speculative conclusions for the EU, as a whole, as to how political developments in the Middle East influence attitudes and behaviour of Arab and other Muslim EU communities, as well as the rhetoric and activities of the extreme right and the extreme left.

13 Primary data on antisemitism Survey seeks to collect reliable and comparable data that will assist EU institutions and national governments in taking the necessary measures that will ensure that the rights of Jewish people are fully respected, protected and fulfilled across the EU To address this need, in 2012, the FRA is carrying out a Survey among Jewish populations in selected EU Member States. The survey will focus on Jewish peoples experiences and perceptions of antisemitism. The following EU Member States are included in the survey: BE, FR, DE, HU, IT, LA, SE, UK. The survey results will be published in 2013.

14 The survey aims to provide Robust, reliable and comparable data on the experiences and perceptions of antisemitism by Jewish people in selected EU Member States. Evidence-based advice to EU and national level policy makers in order to assist them when they develop policies and measures to combat antisemitism, to improve rights awareness and to address the under- reporting of incidents. Link up with community security initiatives – for example: Community Trust Fund, UK, A Jewish Contribution to Inclusive Europe, Facing Facts! Project, which aims on improving monitoring and recording hate crimes throughout the European Union. 14

15 Countries selection in the FRA survey Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Sweden, the United Kingdom Countries have been selected on the basis of: –estimated size of the Jewish population –coverage of various regions of the EU –to reflect historical developments and their effects on the communities surveyed –practical feasibility 15

16 Methodology Survey data collection based on standardised questionnaire, translated in the official languages of the countries + Russian and Hebrew Online survey 16

17 Two stage data collection Stage one: Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) –People can access the survey only by invitation, following a controlled process –Aim of the RDS is to arrive at a representative presentation of the opinions and experiences of Jews living in the country Stage two: Open web survey –All eligible persons who did not complete the survey in stage one can participate 17

18 Questionnaire Trends in antisemitism Antisemitism as a problem in everyday life –vandalism –expressions of hostility –in the media –in politics –on the Internet Personal experiences of antisemitic incidents Witnessing antisemitic incidents 18

19 Questionnaire (cont). Jewish identity –Self-identification –Secular/religious –Following Jewish practices –Synagogue membership –Self-defined Jewish identity –Importance of specific elements to own Jewish identity –Assessment of the strength of own Jewish identity –Respondents background variables 19

20 Results Dedicated reports Results integrated into other FRA reports, such as the Annual Report on Fundamental Rights in the EU Information on the FRA website, including in the form of interactive maps 20

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