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Different Antisemitisms Perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews in Sweden and across Europe

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February 2017

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In this paper we combine and compare the results of two major but differently
focused cross-national surveys on antisemitism.

On the one hand, we have data from the European Union Agency for Fundamental
Rights (FRA) survey of Jewish people’s perceptions and experiences of
antisemitism in eight EU member states – Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary,
Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom (FRA, 2013). This survey was
carried out in the second half of 2012.

On the other hand, we use the results from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
survey of attitudes towards Jews, with representative samples of each countries’
population, carried out at the end of 2013. This study covers 102 countries all over
the world.1 In this article we will focus only on the same eight EU countries that
were included in the FRA study.

By way of conclusion, we will elaborate on some more general implications for the
understanding of the character of antisemitism in contemporary Europe and on
the basis of that, present some perspectives on the development of three distinct
antisemitisms in contemporary Europe.

In this presentation a special focus will be on Sweden. This is partly because it is
in Sweden that we have carried out most of our own empirical studies, but also
because the situation in Sweden concerning antisemitism and the reaction of the
Jewish population to perceived antisemitism are particularly illustrative of some of
the main points we can make based on our investigations

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Dencik, Lars, Marosi, Karl Different Antisemitisms Perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews in Sweden and across Europe. Institute for Jewish Policy Research. February 2017:  http://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-swe23