A new European Jewish Association study polled 16,000 Europeans from 16 countries whose responses show that anti-Semitism is on the rise around the globe. Twenty percent of respondents expressed a belief that “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own needs.”  Also, 20% believed that a secret Jewish society influences global political and economic affairs.

Other findings – which surveyed people in countries such as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland – were just as damning:

* A quarter of respondents agreed with the statement that Israel’s policies make them understand why some people hate Jews.

* More than a quarter concurred with the statement that “Israel is engaged in legitimate self defense against its enemies.” A quarter of respondents disagreed and 46% did not express a position.

* More than a third agreed with the assertion that “During World War II, people from our nation suffered as much as Jews.”

Need more proof?  In Spain, participants in a carnival dressed in Nazi uniforms and Jewish concentration camp prisoners danced next to a float evoking crematoria. Behind them was a float shaped like a train with two large chimneys.

In Belgium, carnival participants dressed up like Orthodox-Jews-as-ants, wore hooked noses to propel Jewish stereotypes, wore Nazi uniforms, and carried sign that warned readers “not to tell the truth about the Jew.”  Last year, they had a float with effigies of smiling Jews holding bags of money and one with a rat on its shoulders.

Nothing good that can come of this.  The remnants of evil anti-Semitism have never been wiped out, and the virus is growing stronger by the day.

Hat Tip: JTA

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.