European Anti-Semitism Continues to Rise

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- There seems to be no end in sight to rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

A survey of nine European nations found that Jewish residents are increasingly subject to harassment, threats, and vandalism.

The survey, commissioned by the E.U.'s Fundamental Rights Agency, found that nearly half of the Jewish population in Belgium, Hungary and France no longer feel safe in their respective countries.

According to the survey, between 40 and 50 percent are contemplating emigrating.

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) believes many European Jews will consider immigrating to Israel if the government reforms the aliyah process.

Aliyah is the term used when a Jewish person immigrates to Israel under the Law of Return. The word literally means "to go up," referring to the three pilgrimage feasts, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach (Feast of Unleavened Bread) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), when the Israelites literally went up to Jerusalem -- about 2,500 feet above sea level.

JPPI presented its recommendations for facilitating aliyah to the Israeli government.

One recommendation is to recognize academic degrees from abroad so these individuals can establish themselves in their professions in Israel.

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