Study: Fifth Of Germans Harbor Some Anti-Semitism

Published January 23, 2012 3:45PM (EST)

BERLIN (AP) — A new study by a commission appointed by Parliament shows 20 percent of Germans harbor "latent" anti-Semitism, but anti-Jewish crimes are almost exclusively committed by the far right.

That puts Germans in the middle of the pack in Europe, with a comparative survey showing more latent anti-Semitism in countries such as Poland, Hungary and Portugal, and less in Italy, Britain, the Netherlands and France.

The study released Monday said the long-term survey showed about one-fifth of Germans agree with anti-Semitic statements, such as "Jews have too much power in business."

The study showed 90 percent of anti-Semitic crimes are committed by right-wing extremists.

It recommends better coordination of local, state and federal strategies to combat anti-Semitism.

By Salon Staff

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