EUROPE - Safest Countries for Jews

Arno Froese

Among European countries, Italy and Hungary have the highest quality of life for Jews, while Poland and Belgium have the worst, according to a new survey by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, a London-based think tank that specializes in contemporary Jewish affairs.

The countries were ranked in the following order, from best to worst: Italy, Hungary, Denmark, the UK, Austria, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, Poland and Belgium. The rankings took into account all the categories that were measured.

In terms of government performance, meaning how much the government has done to protect and develop the Jewish communities, Germany and Austria were ranked the best, followed by France, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, the UK, Poland, Denmark, Spain and Belgium.

“Negative sentiment against Jews is unequivocally tied to Israel,” said Rabbi Menachem Margolin, chairman of the European Jewish Association. “When Israel is attacked, the Jews are attacked. Israel knows how much it needs other countries, particularly through the strong Jewish communities in those countries. Most European Jews don’t even identify as Jewish—85%. But whilst they are here, we need to keep them safe.”, 22 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

Regardless of the various research and think-tank findings, Jews will be Jews, though the overwhelming majority (85%) no longer identify themselves as such.

The global fight against antisemitism continues, despite the many efforts and laws being passed; for example, to criminalize denial of the Holocaust.

For Bible believers, the Jewish issue is very clear. We read in Deuteronomy 14:2: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” Interestingly, “a peculiar people,” reminds us of the New Testament, where the apostle Peter writes, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). The Church is to be found on every continent and in every nation on planet earth. We too are “a peculiar people,” but our calling is not as Israel—“above all the nations that are upon the earth”—but to be light bearers, who have come “out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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