43% of Dutch Jews say they hide their ethnic identity
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43% of Dutch Jews say they hide their ethnic identity

Over half say anti-Semitism is becoming more common on the streets; of those who experienced racially offensive remarks, vast majority were connected to Israel

A photo taken on December 7, 2017, shows the damaged storefront of kosher Jewish restaurant HaCarmel in Amsterdam, after it was vandalized by a Syrian asylum seeker (GINOPRESS B.V./AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on December 7, 2017, shows the damaged storefront of kosher Jewish restaurant HaCarmel in Amsterdam, after it was vandalized by a Syrian asylum seeker (GINOPRESS B.V./AFP/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM – Nearly half of 557 respondents in a survey of Dutch Jews said they were afraid of identifying as such.

Of the respondents, 43 percent said they take active steps to hide their Jewish identity, such as wear a hat over their kippah or hide Star of David pendants.

Many respondents cited their perception of a rise in the prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment, with 48% saying they avoid situations where they suspect they may be exposed to anti-Semitic reactions.

The results of the survey were published Monday.

Other key findings were that 52% of respondents said anti-Semitism on the street has become more common, 59% said it extends also to media and 82% see it rising online.

When it came to experiencing anti-Semitism, 34% said they had experienced racially offensive remarks directed against them, and of those, 89% said that those remarks were connected to Israel. 11% of respondents said they had experienced anti-Semitic violence directed against them.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they heard anti-Semitic jokes, featuring stereotypes about Jews. Other jokes involved the Holocaust. One respondent said a neighbor once told him that the only reason the respondent is living in the Netherlands is “because they forgot to gas” his family.

The poll was conducted by the EenVanddag television show of the NPO 1 channel with the JMW Jewish group and the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands.

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