However, another survey has come out by a German think tank which agrees with the BBC's results, but expands upon them.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has called a poll conducted by a German think-tank on European attitudes towards Jews and Israel “deeply disturbing”. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a think-tank associated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party, found extremely worrying attitudes amongst a host of Europeans.Only the most virulent anti-Zionists believe that Israel is exterminating Palestinians and there is little doubt that accusing Jews of milking their victim status after the Holocaust is anti-Semitic. Is it possible, therefore, that European dislike of Israel may stem from anti-Semitism which has been part of European culture at some level or another for centuries? This survey seems to indicate that.
Perhaps the most remarkable finding in the survey was when asked to respond to the statement that “Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians,” 63% of the study’s participants in Poland agreed with the statement, while in Germany 47.7% expressed agreement.
The study – “Intolerance, Prejudice, Discrimination: A European Report” – questioned roughly 1,000 people in Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and France.
The researchers also asked respondents whether they agreed with the statement “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era.” 72.2% of Poles, 49.8% of Germans and 68.1% of Hungarians replied in the affirmative.