Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Hey, guess who 31% of Europeans blame for the financial crisis. Go on. Just guess.

An Anti-Defamation League report published on Tuesday showed that nearly half of the Europeans surveyed believe Jews are not loyal to their country and more than one-third believe they have “too much power” in business and finance.
The study further showed that 31% of the respondents across Europe blame Jews in the financial industry for the current global economic crisis.
[…]
A comparison with the 2007 survey indicates that levels of anti-Semitism have remained steady in six of the seven countries tested.
The United Kingdom was the only country in which there was a marked decline. Meanwhile, the percentage of those believing that Jews “have too much power in the business world” increased by 7% in Hungary, 6% in Poland and 5% in France.
Overall, nearly half of those surveyed in the seven countries believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country. A majority of respondents in Germany, Poland and Spain believe that this statement is “probably true;” in Spain, it is 64%.
Large portions of the European public continue to believe that Jews “talk about the Holocaust too much.” Overall, 44% of those surveyed believe this statement is “probably true”. A majority of respondents in Austria, Hungary and Poland believe it to be true.

Given the choice, I think I’d feel much safer as a Muslim in Alabama than as a Jew in France.
Damian P.

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4 thoughts on “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  1. Why is it anti semitism to hold the opinion that Jews “have too much power in the business world” or that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country? Why is it anti semitic to believe that Jews talk about the Holocaust too much.”?
    Personally, I never want to see Muslems in the same positions of cultural and financial influence in western democracies as Jews hold today. I also believe that many of them are more loyal to their homelands than they are to Canada.
    Does that make me islamophobic or just plain sensible?

  2. INP: Forget the antisemitism, it’s just stupid. First you must say why there’s no concern about the power and influence of the Scots and the Irish for starters. Do they act as Canadians / Americans or according to their roots? (A lot of $ went from North America to the IRA.) A different religion? There’s a major difference between Judaism and Islam or Christianity: Judaism doesn’t seek converts. It is thus inherently not a threat in the larger sense. That makes Jews a great target for hate. The notion that Jews conspire to get control for some evil purpose, had to be invented to overcome plain reality.
    Remember that in 1930s Germany there was no Israel so the hate was generated against people that by and large, considered themselves simply to be Germans who were Jews.
    Also remember, despite the Holocaust pic, the human cost of WWII was 72 million, not 6 million.
    As I said: stupid.

  3. Depressingly it should come as no surprise that antisemitism is on the rise in those countries, religiosity is also on the rise in those countries too and giving the locals a clearly defined foe and wrapping it in a cloak of piety goes back a long way in xtian circles.
    That’s the trouble when patriotism, a lack of reliance on evidence and religious fervour combines, there is no brake on the slippery slope into hate.

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