Germany's Extreme Left Tainted by anti-Semitism, Study Finds

Thirty-four percent of so-called members of the 'extreme left' see Jews as having 'too much influence', survey by the Free University of Berlin finds.

Protesters rally in Berlin against anti-Semitism on September 14, 2014.
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A Germany university study finds anti-Semitic taints the attitudes of many of the country’s far left.

Thirty-four percent of so-called members of the country's "extreme left" feel Jews have “too much influence”, the survey by the Free University of Berlin finds.

However the study differentiates between what it calls “extreme left” – whose attitudes tend to run against democratic principles - and the “radical left,” among whom 16 percent thought Jews had disproportionate influence.

Ten percent on average of all those surveyed held the same view, The Local news web site says in a post on Monday, quoting from the study.

Some 36,000 people were surveyed online, with extreme and radical leftwingers comprising about 17 percent of respondents.

Jewish groups in Germany had protested in January against government insistence that anti-Semitism was not on the rise.

Four hundred and one anti-Semitic incidents were reported in 2015 - a 34 percent rise on the previous year - and in June this year, a young man in Berlin was beaten for wearing a kippah, the local reports.