Half of Swiss Jews have experienced discrimination, according to survey

About 50% of Jews in Switzerland have experienced harassment and discrimination in the past five years, according to a survey by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Almost three quarters of the 487 respondents of the survey believe that antisemitism is a growing problem in Swiss society and almost nine out of ten respondents believe that antisemitism has increased on the Internet and especially on social media. In addition, around half have encountered online antisemitism. In contrast, very few respondents experienced physical violence.

Haredi Jews are significantly more likely to experience discrimination. Almost all haredi respondents responded that they were subjected to some form of antisemitic harassment in the past five years.

“These figures clearly show that antisemitism exists in Switzerland and shapes the everyday life of the Jews living here,” said director of the ZHAW Institute for Delinquency and Crime Prevention and author of the survey, Dr. Dirk Baier.

The majority of the online surveys were carried out in cooperation with the GRA Foundation against Racism and Antisemitism.


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