Moshe Kantor, the President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), has this week claimed ‘pre-WW2’ levels of fear from within Jewish communities living in Europe.
According to the EJC many Jews fear rising anti-Semitism being seen across Europe being driven by a growth in popularity of European far-right groups.
In an interview with news agency Associated Press Kantor called for increased security at Jewish sites after concerns in many communities have left much of Europe’s Jewish community uneasy.
Kantor also stated that French Jews in particular feared becoming ‘soft targets’ after an attack of a kosher supermarket last week shook the Jewish community. News of the attack comes shortly after a Belgian Jewish Museum and a Jewish school in France were also attacked.
Kantor’s concerns come after it was reported that Jewish emigrations from Europe to Israel had increased in previous years. According to Israeli authorities over 7,000 Jews emigrated to Israel. This increase coincided with a reported increase in anti-Semitic activity seen within the country.
Earlier last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called upon Jews who felt threatened to move to Israel.
Israeli authorities have also reported that recent events following the attack on a kosher supermarket and the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have already increased emigrations, leading Israel to prepare for hundreds of incoming Europeans.
Israel’s reported increase in emigrations and increased tensions have led many to conclude that not enough is being done to combat anti-Semitism in Europe. According to a recent study by a team at Tel Aviv University anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in Europe. France in particular was named as having the highest level of incidents across all of Europe.
Researchers claimed also that deadly attacks on Jews across Europe meant that anti-Semitism was now at a level similar to that seen in Europe before the second world war.