Antisemitism among young people in the Netherlands – Causes and trigger factors
The Dutch government postponed indefinitely the release of a survey
suggesting that antisemitism is more prevalent among Muslim youths than
The Verwey Jonker Institute submitted the synopsis for its
government-commissioned report on antisemitism among youths last month for
publication to the Dutch Social Affairs ministry, which has kept is under wraps
past the May deadline and ordered a review of the data, De Telegraaf daily
De Telegraaf nonetheless reviewed a copy of the synopsis, which said
that 12 percent of Muslim respondents expressed a “not positive” view of Dutch
Jews compared to only two percent among Christian respondents.
The Telegraaf report did not say how many youths were questioned in the
survey by the Verwey Jonker Institute, which is among the country’s leading
authorities on conducting scientific research on social issues.
Asked about Jews in Israel, 40 percent of Muslim respondents expressed a
“not positive” view compared to six percent among Christians, 10 percent among
members of other faiths and eight percent among atheists.
Among Muslim respondents, Zionists came out as least liked, with 66 percent
expressing a “not positive” view compared to six percent among Christians.
Muslims of Turkish descent expressed more negative views of Jews than
their Moroccan peers. The same applied to males compared to females, the report
The State of Israel invoked the least favorable reactions, with 13
percent of Christians expressing negative feelings and 62 percent of Muslims.
Of the two remaining categories, 19 and 22 percent respectively said they did
not have a positive view of the Jewish state.
Asked by De Telegraaf why the report has not been released, a ministry
spokesperson said the ministry needs “clarification, for example on how to
explain some results.” The ministry declined to elaborate, De Telegraaf
Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, a watchdog on antisemitism,
defended the government’s decision to withhold the report’s release citing “the
risk that respondents conflated some of the terms they were asked about.”