Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ADL's first Global survey on anti-Semitic attitudes

The Anti-Defamation league has released the results of its first-ever global survey on anti-Semitic attitudes. 53,100 adults in over 100 countries and territories were surveyed. Respondents were asked 11 questions based on stereotypes about Jews, including about Jewish power, loyalty, money and behavior.

Jews talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust;
Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries they live in;
Jews think they are better than other people;
Jews have too much power in international financial markets;
Jews have too much power in the business world;
Jews have too much control over global affairs;
People hate Jews because of the way Jews behave;
Jews have too much control over the U.S. government;
Jews have too much control over global media;
Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars;
Jews don’t care about what happens to anyone but their own kind.

Those who responded affirmatively to six or more negative statements about Jews were considered to hold anti-Semitic attitudes.

The highest concentration of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes was found in the Middle East and North Africa, at 74 percent. 93% of those surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza held anti-Semitic beliefs.
Other results were as troublesome. 26% of those surveyed held deeply anti-Semitic attitudes.  Only 54% of respondents had heard of the Holocaust. Two out of three surveyed either had not heard of, or did not believe in, the Holocaust. 74% percent of respondents indicated that they never met a Jewish person and yet, of those 25% harbored anti-Semitic attitudes.

 ADL National Director Abraham Foxman remarked about the survey  “The data clearly indicates that classic anti-Semitic canards defy national, cultural, religious and economic boundaries.”

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