One in five English people believe to some degree that Jews created COVID-19 to collapse the economy for financial gain, according to a recent Oxford University poll that was
The research, titled “Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey,” polled a representative sample of 2,500 English adults from May 4 to May 11, 2020.
Presented with the statement “Jews have created the virus to collapse the economy for financial gain,” 5.3% of the respondents “agreed a little,” 6.8% “agreed moderately,” 4.6% “agreed a lot,” and 2.4% “agreed completely,” while some 80.8% did not agree with it at all.
According to the “Report on Worldwide Anti-Semitism” published by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, 2019 witnessed a rise of 18% in major violent cases compared to 2018 (456 cases in 2019 compared to 387 in 2018). Seven Jews and non-Jews were killed during anti-Semitic attacks.
In Germany, police recorded 1839 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide compared to 1799 incidents in 2018, an average of 5 incidents a day. The 1,805 recorded cases in the UK constitute an increase of 7% compared to 2018; in the US there were 111 violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2019; and in Australia – 33. At least 53 synagogues and 28 community centers and schools were attacked. 2019 also saw an increase in life-endangering threats (47%) and in attacks on private properties (24 %).
According to a study published by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 41% of Jews aged 16-34 have considered emigrating from Europe because of antisemitism over the last five years.