SCoJeC has been asked by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) to assist with the collection of data for the very significant study of antisemitism throughout Europe that they are conducting, together with Ipsos, for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). This survey is an update of a similar survey in 2012 that led the European Commission to appoint a Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism, and informed the definition of antisemitism adopted by the 42 states that are members of affiliates of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The new survey is expected to have at least as significant an impact, since antisemitism remains a concern for everyone with an interest in combating hate crime and discrimination. Antisemitism affects different people in different places in different ways at different times, so to understand this better, the survey want to hear directly from Jewish people throughout Europe, irrespective of whether or not they have directly experienced an antisemitic incident or perceive antisemitism to be a major problem, in order to paint a detailed and sophisticated portrait of contemporary antisemitism across Europe, as it is both experienced and perceived by Jewish people.
This is a very significant exercise, and we feel it is important to ensure that the views of Jewish people in Scotland are included, so please do take the time to complete the survey. The FRA intends to use the data to enable the European Union to develop its policies on combating antisemitism in the future, and it will be encouraging national governments and Jewish communities to do likewise. This is a very important exercise so it is vital that as many Jewish people as possible take part. We rarely have an opportunity genuinely to help tackle antisemitism – completing this survey is one small way you can play your part.
In addition to completing the survey yourself, please share this information with your family, Jewish friends and colleagues, and Jewish organisations or groups, especially in Scotland, and encourage them to participate too.
Click here to read more about the project.