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June 30, 2015 5:28 pm

ADL Poll Shows More than Half of Western European Muslims Harbor Antisemitic Beliefs

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The French Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain was targeted in January by an Islamic extremist, who killed four people. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The French Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain was targeted in January by an Islamic extremist, who killed four people. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Though antisemitic attitudes in France, Germany and Belgium have dipped dramatically so far this year, more than half of all Muslims in Western Europe harbor antisemitic beliefs, a survey released by the Anti-Defamation League revealed on Tuesday.

“An average of 55 percent of Western European Muslims harbored antisemitic attitudes. Acceptance of antisemitic stereotypes by Muslims in these countries was substantially higher than among the national population in each country,” said the ADL report.

The survey, which ADL said was the first to document antisemitic attitudes among Western European Muslims, revealed Belgian Muslims to be the most antisemitic, with 68 percent harboring antisemitic beliefs. This is compared to 21 percent overall in the country.

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In Germany — where an MP recently came under fire for saying Muslim students should not be made to visit concentration camps like the rest of the country’s students — the number was lower, but still above half, at 56 percent compared to the country’s 16 percent, which was down from 27 percent in 2014.

And in France — where a lone terrorist staged the deadliest attack against Jews this year, at a kosher supermarket — about 49% of Muslims showed antisemitic beliefs, compared to 17 percent of the overall population.

“Most prevalent was the belief that ‘Jews have too much power in international financial markets’ – an anti-Jewish canard affirmed by 70 percent of Western European Muslims,” the ADL said, adding that the European Muslim group showed much less affiliation with ideas critical of Jewish “character,” such as “people hate Jews because of the way they behave” and “Jews think they are better than other people,” than their coreligionists in the Middle East.

While a little more than half of Western European Muslims were found to be antisemitic, this is below the 74 percent of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa region who showed antisemitic attitudes according to ADL’s 2014 survey.

The poll also measured antisemitic attitudes among Western European Muslims in Spain (62 percent), Italy (56 percent) and the U.K. (54 percent).

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  • DockyWocky

    That is only the viewpoint of the ones that will openly answer a question. Best to figure on 100 percent of them being anti-Jooish.

  • The Watchman

    Only 55%? Closer to 90% especially the young who are being brainwashed as a result of our laxity in enforcing our superior Common Law and not allowing creeping fascist shariah.

  • HaDaR

    Which means that moslems are just as antisemitic as xtians…since the percentage of antisemitic ideas harbored by European xtians according to the pollsters is just more or less the same…

    • Leeada Johnson

      It seems you have not read, or completely misread the article, which makes it clear that European Muslim anti-Semitism is higher than the European NON Muslim population.

  • Sam Harris

    The survey is incorrect, they are ALL antisemitic.

  • steven L

    No one is preventing anyone to become a financier, an MD, a lawyer!!!! Be my guest.

  • steven L

    To that half you must add at least half of Europeans!!!

  • Larry

    Wow, What a surprise. Who would ever have thought that Muslims are Anti-Semitic.

  • EVE LAING

    IF WE CAN BECOME MORE PRO-ACTIVE INSTEAD OF CONTINUING TO ACCEPT ANTI-SEMITIC BEHAVIOUR WITH PATIENCE AND CALM, WE COULD TURN THIS AROUND. USING HUMOUR WITH INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY, WE CAN LANCE THIS BOIL OF AGE-OLD HATRED AND STUPIDITY. USING FILM AND THE MEDIA AT ALL LEVELS, WE CAN CREATE A VERY DIFFERENT DIALOGUE WITH THOSE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHO CONTINUE WITH THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD DOGMA. IT SEEMS THAT SO FAR WE COULD TAKE A PRIZE FOR BEING SO ‘LAID BACK’ WITH OUR RESPONSES TO ALL THE HATE TALK. IT’S TIME WE TOOK A 180 DEGREE TURN-A-BOUT AND WITH INTENTION AND CLEVERNESS, RIDICULE THESE ANTI-SEMITES INTO THE GROUND.

    • Antar

      Brilliant strategy, but it us missing the point. As a Muslim convert from the US, i can confirm that the biggest incubator of “anti-semitic-hated in the Muslim community comes from racist and bigoted actions on the part Israel, and hypocritcal governments that are afraid to stand up to them on the world stage. Think about it. How many Muslims have family in the ME? Now, ask yourself how many countries in the ME have had some interaction, direct or indirect, with Israel? Now, ask yourself this: how many interactions have been positive? Do Israelis like attends, muslims, anyone who doesn’t agree with them on military funding, land theft, mass murder?

      • Leeada Johnson

        Jew Hate is part of the Hadith and the Qu’ran, most of the Muslims in the ME have never met a Jew, but like you they have accepted the indoctrination of their religion which is systemicaly anti-Jewish. If the Muslim killers would lay down their guns and accept peace, there would be peace.
        The world can well see that murder, atrocity and war is part of the Muslim Middle East make up, and has nothing to do with Israel.
        The moment you converted to Islam you took on the mantle of anti-Semitism, though you probably wore it earlier than that.

  • Jacques Bertrand

    Quelle surprise. Wouldn’t have guessed THAT !!

  • Those who promote hate obviously will use slander and acrimony to divide allies. So, this method seen is not a surprise. Yet, this constant in base behaviors is revolting.

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