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Study: 93% of Palestinians Are anti-Semitic

A new survey revealed by the ADL shows that nearly half the world's population is unaware of the Holocaust while suggesting that over one billion people hold anti-Jewish beliefs

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 13th, 2014 in News » World

Study: 93% of Palestinians Are anti-Semitic

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently conducted a survey that reveals that 93% of Palestinians harbor anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic beliefs and that the Middle East is the most anti-Semitic region on earth.

Though that shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.

The survey, which was conducted across a hundred nations and territories, also suggests that almost half of the world's adult population are not aware that the Holocaust took place, and that 25% of said adults are anti-Semitic.

“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL's national director. “The data from the Global 100 Index enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially nonexistent.”

The survey notes that the West Bank and Gaza are where an anti-Semitic mentality is most prevalent. It also found that 74% of participants from the Middle East and North Africa believe in anti-Semitic stereotypes, with 34% of residents of Eastern Europe finding the same.

Laos, in Southeast Asia, was found to be the least anti-Semitic, with only 0.2% of the adult population found to have anti-Semitic beliefs.

From the survey, the ADL found that approximately 1.09 billion people in the world are "deeply influenced with anti-Semitic attitudes".

“While it is startling to see how high the level of anti-Semitism is in the Middle East and North African countries, the fact of the matter is even aside from those countries, close to a quarter of those polled in other parts of the world is infected with anti-Semitic attitudes,” Foxman said.

“There is only a three-point difference when you take world attitudes toward Jews with the Middle East and North African countries, or consider the world without.”

Participants of the survey were contacted via telephone or in person, and were asked questions about Jewish stereotypes, whether about Jewish money, power, behaviors, etc.

The survey found that the most commonly accepted anti-Semitic stereotype in the world is that “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/the countries they live in,” the second being that “Jews have too much power in the business world.”

This stereotype is widely accepted in Eastern Europe.

A staggering 74% of people surveyed stated that they had never even met a Jewish person before, but that didn't stop most of them from agreeing with certain Jewish stereotypes.

Regarding the Holocaust, only 54% of participants said they had even heard about it.

“The results confirm a troubling gap between older adults who know their history and younger men and women who, more than 70 years after the events of World War II, are more likely to have never heard of or learned about what happened to the six million Jews who perished,” said Foxman about the polling results in Western Europe.

“We were profoundly disappointed about the resilience of anti-Semitism in many countries where we had hoped to see lower numbers, particularly some in Eastern Europe that experienced the war and the Holocaust firsthand,” he added.

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