June 30, 2013
For Jews in Europe, is the glass half-full or half-empty?
The question of whether the glass is half-full or half-empty is sometimes regarded as a philosophical issue of some significance. Whatever the scholarly answer in abstract terms, the question can be usefully posed to consider the situation of Jews living in European countries. A detailed answer to the question is expected in October 2013 with the publication of the official results of a large-scale survey commissioned by the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union. Through this survey, reliable and comparable data has been collected by asking Jewish people in nine European countries about their experiences as Jews in the countries in which they live and their perceptions of anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, the general outline of the findings of the survey has been made known in a report of the Jewish People Planning Institute (JPPI) entitled "European Jewry -- Signals and Noises." The JPPI report indicates that a considerable number of Jews in those nine...(Read Full Article)