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April 11, 2016 3:00 pm

Muslims in UK More Likely Than Other Groups to Believe Jews Control Media, Banks, New Poll Shows

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Muslim men standing outside an Islamic centre in Little Harwood, United Kingdom. Photo: Wikipedia.

Muslim men standing outside an Islamic center in Little Harwood, United Kingdom. Photo: Wikipedia.

Muslims in Britain are more likely than non-Muslims to believe antisemitic conspiracy theories, according to a new poll, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported.

The survey — part of a Channel 4 documentary called “What British Muslims Really Think” and scheduled to air on Wednesday — was conducted by ICM Research. It revealed that the Muslim community in Britain overall holds negative attitudes towards Jews when compared to the rest of the public.

British Muslims are more likely to believe, for example, that Jews hold great influence and power over global media, business, financial markets, governments and international affairs. 

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When asked specifically about whether antisemitism has become a “problem” in Britain, only 26 percent of British Muslim respondents answered in the affirmative, as compared to 46% of non-Muslims. Thirty-four percent of British Muslims, the poll found, believe Jews talk “too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust,” and 40% believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the UK. Twenty-seven percent said openly that people hate Jews because of Jewish behavior.  

Polling data, as reported by The Guardian, also revealed that 23 percent of British Muslims support the implementation of sharia law in Britain. Thirty-nine percent agreed that “wives should always obey their husbands,” as compared to five percent of the rest of the country. Fifty-two percent of British Muslims disagreed when asked if homosexuality should be legal in Britain, as compared to 5% of the rest of the public.

However, according to ICM, a higher number of British Muslims (86%) said they felt a sense of belonging in Britain, as compared to the national average (83%).

Trevor Phillips, who hosts the documentary and is the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program on Monday that the findings of the poll are a major cause for concern.

On specific issues – families, sexuality, gender, attitudes towards Jews and on questions of violence and terrorism – the center of gravity of British Muslim opinion is some distance away from the center of gravity of everyone else’s opinion,” he said. “One in six Muslims say they would like to live more separately, a quarter would like to live under sharia law. It means that as a society we have a group of people who basically do not want to participate in the way that other people [do].”

“What we also found is that there is a correspondence between this desire to live separately and sympathy for terrorism,” Phillips added. “People who want to live separately are about twice as likely to say that they have sympathy for terrorist acts. Anybody, including most people in the Muslim community, would find that extremely worrying.”

One thousand British Muslims and 1,008 non-Muslim British citizens — representative of the national average — participated in the poll, and responded to questions on an array of social and religious issues.

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  • Al Talena

    This is a general arab attitude. Yet Jews in the US, not only leftys, are willing to accept thousands of Syrian refugees whining “After WW II, we should be sensitive to…blahblahblah.” American Jews are already finding anti-Semitism, in the guise of anti-Zionism, a fact on American campuses due to the arab agenda.

    • Don’t blame all Arabs for all antiJewish rhetoric. That is wrong and it is intolerant. There are all too many ‘Christians’ who would still blame Jews for the Crucifixion.

  • Richard E Sherwin

    it’s what they believe … why raise it to the level of thought? doesnt show much critical capacity or desire for any…. or any likelihood theyll ever be inflicted with any…. they got imams from saudi fundamentalism to think for them. and for england. why blame them, tho. england’s got jeremy corbyn… and in parliament…. he’s got a mouth on him… but also not much sign of anything but cunning and malice above it.

  • nat cheiman

    The UK and even Europe, deserves the muslim communities .
    These groups will in 15 years time, out vote the typical “englishman”. Sharia law will prevail . Serves them right.

    • A very mean disposition there! The World needs to wake to the Fact that not all that ails the World is a Jewish conspiracy. There is no such thing as a Jewish Communist, Zionist who is a Capitalist!

  • stevenl

    Very likely the Brits make sure of this!!!!

  • As the Islamization of Britain intensifies, so will incitement toward Jew-hatred increase. The British Jewish community, like its French counterpart, will face a stark choice: stay or make Aliyah. The wisest decision is for European Jews to make Aliyah.

    • Jews were forced to flee Europe before. 6,000,000 did not make it! Jews should not be forced to leave anywhere they have no wish to leave. They belong in a society which sees them as part of a community, democratised and lawful.

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