A survey was presented on Thursday to the Subcommittee on Israel-Diaspora Relations that showed 71% of Jews in Europe have experienced an anti-Semitic attack, according to a poll conducted by the European Union among young Jews in the continent.
“During these times it is particularly important to strengthen the ties between Israel and the Diaspora, and understand the challenges they face,” said Subcommittee Chairwoman MK Michal Wuns.
“It is particularly important to hear the Jewish students, who especially feel the changes in the mood and the challenges of the hour.”
A student at George Washington University who was present during the meeting discussed the difficulties Jewish students face, the anti-Semitic attacks on campus and on the way to the campus, and verbal attacks in which Jews are called racists, murderers of Palestinians, and as people who carry out crimes against humanity.
Another student present said lecturers depict Israel as an Apartheid state and the atmosphere on campus is anti-Israeli, which causes some Jews to hide their identity, while others emphasize it. Also, a graduate of the University of California stressed the need to define to students what antisemitism is and how it can be combatted.
Despite all of this the poll showed that 80% of young Jews feel accepted in European culture.