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Global Anti-Semitism Poll Finds Shocking Rate of Holocaust Denial

One European nation has a 69 percent anti-Semitism rate, while many Iranians clearly haven't been listening to their ayatollah.

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Bridget Johnson

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May 13, 2014 - 6:03 pm
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The Anti-Defamation League released a sobering worldwide study of anti-Semitic attitudes today that found only 54 percent of people around the globe have heard of the Holocaust and nearly a third believe the World War II systematic slaughter is a myth or overblown.

Unprecedented in its size and scope, the ADL Global 100 survey gathered information in 102 countries and territories through 53,000 interviews.

“We are here to try to measure the level of anti-Semitism to go beyond the anecdote,” ADL president Abe Foxman said at a press conference releasing the study. “…Our findings are sobering but, sadly, not surprising.”

Worldwide, anti-Semitic attitudes were found in 26 percent of those polled.

Respondents were asked their feelings about Jewish stereotypes: Jews are more loyal to Israel than their country of residency, have too much power in international financial markets, have too much control over global affairs, think they are better than other people, have too much control over the global media, are responsible for most of the world’s wars, have too much power in the business world, don’t care what happens to anyone but Jews, talk too much about happened to them in the Holocaust, and have too much control over the United States government. They were also asked if “people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave.”

Answering “probably true” to six of the 11 statements was considered an anti-Semitic attitude in the survey. Twenty-eight percent of those polled worldwide said none of the stereotypes are true.

Foxman said the survey didn’t directly ask people “are you anti-Semitic” because “anti-Semitism can mean different things in different places” — and “we also find that bigots don’t believe they are bigots.”

He added that, in his opinion, if a person answers three of those questions in the affirmative, “he has views against Jews.” The threshold used to be five questions, but Foxman stressed they want to “make sure we’re labeling bad someone who is really bad.”

If the threshold was five questions, the number of people harboring anti-Semitic attitudes worldwide would go up to 34 percent — more than a third of the adult population.

The number in the U.S. was comparatively low at 9 percent. Crossing the border into Mexico hiked the number up to 24 percent, with numbers consistently in the 30 percent or higher range across Latin America. Brazil was the lowest in Central and South America with 16 percent, while Panama was the highest with 52 percent.

Argentina, site of the 1994 Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires, scored 24 percent.

In sub-Saharan Africa, anti-Semitic attitudes ranged from a high of 53 percent in Senegal to a low of 12 percent in Tanzania. Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda were also in the teens, with Kenya jumping to 35 percent and South Africa at 38 percent.

North Africa is a very different picture, with a high of 87 percent in Algeria and Libya and a low of 75 percent in Egypt.

Crossing over into the Middle East, 93 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza rated as anti-Semitic, with 92 percent in Iraq. The lowest countries in the region were Oman at 76 percent, Saudi Arabia at 74 percent, and Iran with 56 percent.

Foxman said region turned out to be a greater factor than religion in determining anti-Semitic attitudes — except when measuring the rate of Muslim feelings about Jews.

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"93 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza rated as anti-Semitic"

I'm surprised it's that low.
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I live in Europe and find this poll way out of kilter. My job affords me the opportunity to travel extensively across Europe. There is anti-semitism in Poland but it is much lower than Norway or Finland.France? They hate everyone.
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You find these percentages "shocking" ? Come on! Anti-Semitism has been the world's default position for 2000 years and in Europe it is the National Pastime especially in the Eastern Europe. I was in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary a few years ago. These countries make money by giving tours of the concentration camps, and showing tourists the "Jewish Quarter" in their cities ( no Jews there today of course) while it was their grandparents who often were collaborators with the Nazi Death Squads who murdered the Jews.
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IMHO. Very "scientific" and futile exercise. The 57 muslim countries, or proportionally MENA countries should be ab ovo and ex offo excluded because their creed and way of life is primarily based on hatred towards the jews followed by hatred towards all other non-muslims. The rest of the countries should be also grouped according to the percentage of their muslim population and the extent to which those minorities have created civic societies in parallel with the existing traditional socio-political establishments. ADL should have known better than spend money on a survey that only reflects the advanced level of moral relativism already poisoning the world. Not all religions are simply religions. Only one religion, and we all know which, is trying hard to superimpose itself on all other.
One may ask what about neo-nazis? What about them indeed?. They seem to be taking cue from the same muslims who live next door.
And last but not least what about the communists who's hatred is covert and masked by slogans of equality?
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"93 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza rated as anti-Semitic"

I'm surprised it's that low.
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The Jewish Question

“It’s not my fault ... It’s yours!”

Sigmund Freud, an Austrian-Jew, labelled the two most primitive mental defensive mechanisms as denial and projection. Freud’s non-scientific theorizing notwithstanding, his descriptions often were quite accurate. Denial and projection are the frequent style of losers in life.

Many early Nazis, for example, were losers in life and felt better blaming someone else. In fact, many anti-Semites are losers in life and feel better blaming someone else.

Even so, should not the Jews ask themselves the question, “Why us? Are we really entirely blameless?”

In pre-Nazi Germany, the seasoning for the anti-Semitic stew was the anti-Germanic antics of many left-wing Jews, especially those who promoted the “Negrification” of Germanic culture and who promoted Communism including via revolution ... even during World War One. These antics were so alarming that prior to 1933, there was a nationalistic group known as Jews For Hitler.

Despite the widespread international antipathy toward Jews and especially toward Israel, proportionately, Jews vastly outweigh their number in contributing to the welfare of mankind. All in all, facing the truth, ask yourself, “Would I be better-off or worse-off had Jews never been?”

In answering that question, especially those anti-Semites whose attitude reflects not simply their own self-loathing, you might consider the marvellous benefits that we all have enjoyed from disproportionate Jewish achievements ... benefits from Jews such as Einstein (physics), Gershwin (music), Sabin (medicine: polio), among thousands of others. In fact, were it not for Jews, those of us reading PJ Media and posting our sentiments today likely would not be alive to do so (www.inescapableconsequences.com).
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Yeah, and Freud apparently not only knew his "theories" were garbage, he apparently deliberately intended for it to be a con, as he said in reference to his theory "I'm bringing the Plague to the West."
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Anti-semitism is the sociology of the befuddled.
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I looked at the survey. Only simple people would answer those questions straight up. No snooty judeophobe would play along, nor a serious judeophile.

If you consider anti-Zionism, in its common msm representations to be antisemitic, as i do, then obviously much more than nine percent of Americans are antisemitic. We need to recognize that antisemitism is not just crude hatred, but a common disposition stemming from a common error in denying the necessary role, in human self-constitution, that the Jews symbolize in the making of Western history.
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I live in Europe and find this poll way out of kilter. My job affords me the opportunity to travel extensively across Europe. There is anti-semitism in Poland but it is much lower than Norway or Finland.France? They hate everyone.
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Yeah, and France's hatred is no thanks to Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire and Sade's insanity and volatile rage against religion. It used to be the second-most-religious place in Europe, second only to Rome. Now, thanks to their influence, it's probably not even close. Most people if they think of France will most likely think of hedonistic philosophers and extremely secular societies. Will Catholicism ever return to the forefront?
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Anti-semitism detected by questions? What a waste of time. Water is wet, Saudi Arabia is hot. Big deal.

When are people going to realize that the Jews are God's gift to the people of the earth and they support our First Amendment for a reason. Why can't we?

NO visas, NO aid to any country that can't enshrine the First Amendment. Freedom for All. Drawing a bright line is the only way to separate the goats from the lambs. Doing another survey is just plain stupid.
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Technically, that means we should basically abolish the Constitution anyways, especially when some of the humanists who influenced it actually hated Christianity, and even people here in America (such as Thomas Paine) fully supported the French Revolution and its extermination of Christians in that area, all based on the First Amendment supporters Rousseau, Diderot, and Voltaire, who all had a genocidal hatred of Christianity alongside their fellow Philosophes and heck, even Hume hated it and wanted it destroyed.
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