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68% of Cypriots believe the Holocaust is not sufficiently taught in schools

The majority of Cypriots who participated in a Eurobarometer survey measuring the perceptions of anti-Antisemitism among the EU-28, believe that the Holocaust is not sufficiently taught in the country’s schools.

Specifically, 68% of Cypriots say that the Holocaust is not sufficiently taught in the country’s schools whereas the EU figure is at 42%.

Cypriots believe antisemitism is far less of a problem than does the average European Union resident. According to the findings of the survey, only 14% of Cypriots believe antisemitism is “a problem” against 50% across the EU as a whole.

Furthermore, only 8% of Cypriots think antisemitism has increased over the last 5 years, compared with 36% across the bloc. 26% of Cypriots say Holocaust denial is a problem, whereas across the EU the figure is 53%.

Also, 23% said that antisemitism on the internet, including social media is a problem. The figure for the EU is 51%.

Cypriots also believe themselves to be less informed about the history, customs and practices of Cypriot Jews than is the case elsewhere. Only 7% of Cypriots say they are well-informed against 27% across the EU. 86% admit they are not well informed, which is higher than the EU figure of 68%.

The results of the survey show that there is a perception gap on Antisemitism in the EU: while 89% of Jews say that Antisemitism has significantly increased over the past 5 years, only 36% of the general public consider it has increased. On average, only 4 in 10 Europeans think the Holocaust is sufficiently taught in schools. Of the respondents, 34% do not know that Holocaust denial is criminalised.

Over 27,600 people in the 28 Member States took part in the survey.

You can explore the full findings at the Eurobarometer website.

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