Third of Europeans know little or nothing about Holocaust: poll

More than a quarter of those surveyed said Jews have too much influence in business and finance.

Anti-Semitic stereotypes are widespread in Europe, with more than a quarter of Europeans saying Jews have too much influence in business and finance, according to a poll published Tuesday.

According to the CNN/ComRes survey into European attitudes towards Jews, 34 percent of Europeans surveyed said they knew just a little or had never heard of the Holocaust, while 20 percent of French people between the ages of 18 and 34 said they had never heard of the Holocaust.

A third of Europeans said Jewish people use the Holocaust to advance their own positions or goals, according to the poll, for which 7,000 people across Europe were surveyed in September.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the U.K. Holocaust Educational Trust, told CNN the poll confirmed “a worrying increase in the number of people who believe traditional anti-Semitic tropes or hold anti-Semitic views, as well as a disappointing lack of knowledge about the Holocaust.”

Earlier this month French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said anti-Semitism is on the rise in France, with a jump in anti-Semitic incidents in the first nine months of this year. Although Philippe did not specify how many acts had been committed this year, Le Monde said there had been 311 such incidents in 2017.


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Police probe anti-semitic hate crimes in UK Labour party

Leaked dossier detailed 45 cases of anti-semitic abuse, according to media reports.

London’s Metropolitan Police said Friday it launched a criminal investigation into allegations of anti-semitic abuse by opposition Labour party members.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was handed “a folder of paperwork” which listed possibly criminal cases of anti-semitic hate crimes after an LBC radio interview two months ago.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said the “contents have been examined by specialist officers” and that “early advice is being sought from the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Speaking to BBC Radio’s Today Program Friday morning, the Met’s commissioner nuanced the nature of the investigation, saying, “We’re not going to investigate the Labour party, and we would always want institutions and political parties … to be able to regulate themselves.”

However, she confirmed that Scotland Yard had launched an investigation into “some of the material,” noting “it appears there may have been crime committed.”

All the allegations relate to online crime, the commissioner said.

The Guardian said the leaked dossier detailed 45 cases of anti-semitic abuse, including a social media post by a Labour party member which said: “We shall rid the Jews who are a cancer on us all.”

The anti-semitism scandal in the Labour party flared up again this summer when the party’s leadership refused to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-semitism.


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