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The Bleak Prospects for Europe's Jews
by P. David Hornik
A new report by Dr. Dov Maimon of the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Planning Institute paints a bleak picture for European Jewry. As Maimon puts it delicately, "European Jewish life has quite possibly reached a negative inflexion point."
Jews in Europe seem to be caught between the hammer of persecution by Muslims and the anvil of "post-multicultural" native-European animosity toward both Jews and Muslims as "outsiders, clinging to backward, unsavory rituals and beliefs."
Maimon notes some results of a forthcoming large-scale survey of European Jews by an EU agency. One-fourth had experienced anti-Semitic harassment in the year preceding the survey; 7 percent had undergone physical attacks or threats over the past five years.
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