Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Swedes Ranked "Least Anti-Semitic" In Europe
Via The Local: One in twenty Swedes hold anti-Semitic views, according to a report released on Tuesday by the non-profit Anti-Defamation League (ADL), enough to rank Sweden as least anti-Semitic in Europe. Based on a worldwide survey of 53.100 adults across 101 countries, a global average of 26 percent of people can be classed as anti-Semitic, the Anti-Defamation League said. Swedes, meanwhile, pulled in the lowest scores in Europe with four percent of respondents classed as anti-Semitic. ADL researchers classed respondents as anti-Semitic if they answered "probably true" to six out of 11 statements classed as "anti-Semitic stereotypes" in their questionnaire. The most common anti-Semitic belief was that "Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/the countries they live in]", which was seen as "probably true" by 41 percent of respondents worldwide and 45 percent in western Europe. "For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world", said Abraham Foxman, the national director of the US-based non-profit ADL. Jews in Sweden, however, may not be so impressed by the results. In October last year, a survey revealed that half of Sweden's Jews hide their religion. In the Middle East and North Africa, the proportion of those deemed anti-Semitic in the survey was 74 percent, whereas the Europe-wide average dropped to 24 percent. Within Europe, the highest number of anti-Semites were recorded in Greece, with 69 percent of adults agreeing with six or more of 11 sentiments in the survey. France received western Europe's worst result, with 37 percent of surveyed adults agreeing. Germany, where one percent of the population is Jewish, came in the middle of European countries, with 27 percent of those surveyed deemed anti-Semitic. The highest concentration of anti-Semitic views was found in the West Bank and Gaza, where 93 percent of respondents were classed as anti-Semitic. The next highest concentration was in Iraq, where 92 percent agreed with the statements. The ADL survey also found that just 54 percent of respondents worldwide had heard of the Holocaust, which Foxman described as "a disturbingly low number". The survey, conducted between July 2013 and February this year, was based on questionnaires filled in by adults in 102 countries, accounting for 88 percent of the world’s adult population.