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Int'l survey says anti-semitic attitudes pervasive

Anti-Semitism Index Measures Perceptions of Jews

NEW YORK (AP) - Anti-Semitism remains prevalent around the world with one in four adults surveyed in a new international study expressing anti-Jewish sentiment, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL Global 100 Index found someone to be anti-Semitic if they answered "probably" or "definitely" true to six or more of 11 stereotypes about Jews offered on the survey.

The survey, which the ADL called "the broadest survey of anti-Jewish attitudes ever conducted," found the lowest level of anti-Semitism in Laos, with just 0.2 percent of the adult population expressing such views. The highest level of anti-Semitism was found in the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza at 93 percent.

Greece was the most anti-Semitic country in Western Europe, with 69 percent of the adults surveyed expressing such opinions and Sweden, with four percent, was the least. In the United States, nine percent of adults were found to harbor anti-Semitic views.

"Our findings are sobering but sadly not surprising," said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. "We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is virtually non-existent."

Foxman said findings about Greece had already led to an invitation from that country's prime minister to discuss possible remedies.

"Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/to the countries they live in," was the most commonly accepted stereotype with 41 percent of respondents surveyed across 101 countries and the West Bank and Gaza saying that it was at least "probably true." The second most accepted stereotype, held by 35 percent of respondents, was: "Jews have too much power in the business world."

The survey also found that only 54 percent of those polled had heard about the Holocaust, a figure Foxman called "disturbingly low."

Holocaust awareness was highest in Western Europe where 94 percent of respondents said they had heard about it and lowest in sub-Sarahan Africa with only 24 percent.

According to the survey, 49 percent of Muslims hold anti-Semitic views compared with 24 percent of Christians.

But Jeffery Liszt, who oversaw the survey for Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, said that anti-Semitic views conformed more closely to region than religion with 75 percent Muslims in the Mideast and North Africa holding anti-Semitic views while only 18 percent of Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa expressing similar sentiments.

The Mideast and North Africa region was found to the most anti-Semitic and the Oceania region the least, followed by the Americas.

Anti-Semitic attitudes were relatively low in English speaking countries at 13 percent compared with 30 percent for Spanish speaking countries, the report found.

The survey also found that among the 74 percent of those surveyed who said that they had never met a Jewish person, 25 percent nonetheless harbored anti-Semitic attitudes.

The survey interviewed 53,100 adults across 102 countries with funding from New York philanthropist Leonard Stern. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 0.97 percentage points for results across all nations surveyed and varies for results from individual nations.

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mogullaw May 14 2014 at 5:46 PM

You tiny people here posting your Jew hating comments all day really have no voice or impact on the real world. The good thing is that, for the most part, AOL responds to supoenas, and by virtue of the Internet, some of you might be subject to Germany's hate speech laws. In Germany many jew haters are in jail for exercising such "free speech."

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mogullaw mogullaw May 14 2014 at 5:47 PM


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pkott May 14 2014 at 1:39 PM

But many Jews, perhaps even most, are more loyal to Israel than their native country (ask American Jews them about the Pollard a traitor to the US who is in jail because he would not name his Israeli handlers). At least that is my experience as a fairly active member of a Jewish synagogue.

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baileysno1lala May 14 2014 at 1:24 PM

Sounds like some simply don't like Jewish people because they are wealthy or "hold too much power." Appears some jealousy is abound. I never have and probably never will understand why people hate anybody simply because of their religious beliefs. The Jewish community doesn't push their beliefs on ANYONE, unlike the Muslims or the Jehovah's witnesses do.

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stevenjonessales baileysno1lala May 14 2014 at 1:45 PM

Yes religion, man's worst invention.

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rubyredvet stevenjonessales May 14 2014 at 2:12 PM

That is the Gods honest truth.
I thank God everyday that I am an Atheist. lol

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Bill Jochimsen May 14 2014 at 2:06 PM

Now let's conduct a survey on percentage of people holding anti-muslim views.

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gibby1208 Bill Jochimsen May 14 2014 at 2:15 PM

How is that related?

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Donna Bill Jochimsen May 14 2014 at 2:23 PM

Bigotry against ALL Muslims is certainly wrong. But, unfortunately, many terroristic acts in the recent past have been carried out by Muslim extremists.
When is the last time there was a terrorist attack perpetrated by Jews?
Please don't include Israel's army protecting itself against attack.

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Heather May 14 2014 at 2:13 PM

Only 9% in America? I am quite shocked as to how low that number is, as most people I know are anti-semitic.

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Donna Heather May 14 2014 at 2:19 PM

Your post SHOULD begin with SADLY.....most people I know are anti-Semitic.

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gogayu Heather May 14 2014 at 2:34 PM

9% is a JOKE! More like 99%.

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npsyc May 14 2014 at 1:12 PM

The photo that is presented on the screen of this story is a very odd depiction of how the great majority of Jewish people look. This photo of "Jews" is itself not only non representative, but fosters an inaccurate stereotype.

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jvt1984 May 14 2014 at 12:50 PM

Quote: "For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him."

The fruitage of God's spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, goodness, kindness, mildness, long-suffering and self-control.

The "Golden Rule" is: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Unfortunately, not everyone will respond, but we can do our part. Little bits add up. If that means changes in our thinking and acting, why not try it? You might like it.

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numerains May 14 2014 at 12:15 PM

Let's knock it off already, there are millions of different people, some we like and some we don't.......Why the hate?

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The Canoli King May 14 2014 at 12:11 PM

OY VEY,Biblically speaking,the Jews were the most disbelievers. Moses parted the sea,brought plagues,turned the oceans red,and the list goes on,and yet they were still skeptical. Personally parting of the sea would have done it for me.

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jwemrw The Canoli King May 14 2014 at 12:37 PM

Right on Canoli: You have one big problem - you can't prove a single one of your assertions. Bring this "Moses" figment of your imagination to the "sea" and give a live demonstration. JC was Jewish
according to the bible thumpers. If a group of right wing, redneck, bible thumping CONS saw a
bearded, long hair, wearing a robe and sandals in their trailer park they would hold another klan meeting.

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joelknowlton jwemrw May 14 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hahahaha, KKK was started by dems, just ask dem senator byrd who was one,

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Love center May 14 2014 at 12:27 PM

Look- Facts - Mohammed was told by a CERTAIN Angel that JESUS was NOT GOD, Israel is EVIL, God can have no sons, Christians & Jews are Infidels Kill them wherever you find them. Look There is a JEW Hiding behind a BUSH.. KILL KILL

Now with about 30-40%+ of the world being "Muslim" and Following this ONE Angels view who seems to sound exactly the the one "SATAN" who was behind destroying all Biblical Systems and all of Gods plans to save thru the INNOCENT Blood of Animals then Ultimately the PERFECT LAMB Jesus, then we know that its no wonder that ANTI-Semitism Exist louder now than before.

Its not a SUPER LOUD CLUE that shows ALL that is written in the BIBLE will stand till the END (HA HA) its the ONLY CLEAR PROOF of GODS TRUTH PERIOD. Thats why SATAN works overtime to DESTROY TRUTH.

So Basically all who stand AGAINST or HATE or DESPISE Jews & Christians are followers of SATAN (Logically) Because they are INFLUENCED by SATANS ANGELs and Control of the earth at this time.

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