The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism

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There is little doubt that anti-Semitism is on the rise globally, based largely on the age-old Arab/Israeli tensions centered on Palestine, Jerusalem and the dispute over other Israeli-controlled territories. More recently, anti-Semitism has been fuelled by the rise of radical Islam, currently exemplified best by ISIS, as well as the ongoing tensions between Hamas and Israel. But beyond these factors, there seem to be an ongoing resentment of Jews globally based on the perception that they disproportionately dominate various key sectors in business, finance, medicine, politics and general society all around the world.

This trend in anti-Semitic view was demonstrated in an article published in the American Free Press, in which writer Pete Papaherakles makes reference to a survey conducted on May 13 by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The reportedly unprecedented “ADL Global 100” was a worldwide study of “anti-Semitic” attitudes, and was conducted in over 102 countries and included 53,100 participants, who represented 88% of the world’s adult population.

Papaherakles explains that the ADL presented respondents with 11 statements and asked them whether each was “probably true” or “probably false.” If someone answered that six or more of the statements were “probably true,” they were counted as harboring anti-Semitic attitudes. The statements included, “Jews have too much power in international financial markets,” “Jews have too much control over the global media,” “Jews have too much control over the U.S. government” and “Jews have too much control over global affairs.” Papaherakles says that these questions are “no-brainers” since only one out every 514 people in the world (0.19%) is Jewish, yet they dominate in all those areas. He adds: “But to state the obvious is considered anti-Semitic by ADL standards”, inferring that the survey needs to be understood in this context. According to Papaherakles, Orthodox liturgy is said to have been progressively translated from the original Greek to Latin, Hebrew and then English and other languages. In this process, slightly alterations were made, purportedly always to the benefit of Jews, portraying them in an increasingly better light. He further states that on the “Judaeo-Christian” spectrum, Orthodox Christianity would be on the far right side, followed by Catholicism, then Protestantism, Christian Zionism, Reform Judaism, with Talmudic, Orthodox Jewry at the far left end.

ADL National Director Abe Foxman stated on his part regarding the survey that: “The data from the (ADL) 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 non-existent.”

The survey also ranks countries and territories in numerical order from the least anti-Semitic (Laos, at 0.2 percent of the adult population) to the most (West Bank and Gaza) where anti-Semitic attitudes, at 93 percent, are pervasive throughout society). The margin of error for most countries, where 500 respondents were selected, was +/- 4.4 percent. In various larger countries, where 1,000 interviews were conducted, the margin of error was +/- 3.2 percent.

Highlights of the survey findings published in included the following:

  • One in four adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes;
  • The nation of Greece is the most anti-Semitic country in Europe by far, with 69% of Greeks labeled anti-Semites. Poland is second with 45% and Bulgaria third with 44%. France scored 37%;
  • Eastern Europe (34%) scored more anti-Semitic than Western Europe (24%);
  • Christians in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic views than those in Protestant countries. In contrast, Protestant countries such as the UK scored 8%, Sweden only 4% and the United States 9%.
  • The highest concentration of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes was found in Middle East and North African countries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent of those polled, agreed with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes that comprise the 11-question index. Non-MENA countries have an average index score of 23 percent.
  • More than one-quarter of those surveyed, 26 percent, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, representing an estimated 1.09 billion adults around the world;
  • Only 54 percent of those polled globally have ever heard of the Holocaust. Two out of three people surveyed have either never heard of the Holocaust, or do not believe historical accounts to be accurate;
  • The most widely accepted anti-Semitic stereotype worldwide is: “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/the countries they live in.” Overall, 41 percent of those surveyed believe this statement to be “probably true.” This is the most widely accepted stereotype in five out of the seven regions surveyed;
  • The second most widely accepted stereotype worldwide is “Jews have too much power in the business world.” Overall, 35 percent of those surveyed believe this statement to be “probably true.” This is also the most widely held stereotype in Eastern Europe;
  • Among the 74 percent of those surveyed who indicated they had never met a Jewish person, 25 percent harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. Of the 26 percent overall who harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, 70 percent have never met a Jewish person;
  • Three out of 10 respondents, 30 percent, believe Jews make up between 1 to 10 percent of the world’s population. Another 18 percent believe Jews make up more than 10 percent of the world’s population. Sixteen percent (16%) responded less than 1 percent. (The actual number of Jewish people as a percentage of the world’s population is 0.19 percent).

Alarmed about such high anti-Semitism in Greece, ADL National Director Abe Foxman reportedly flew to Greece to pressure the Greek government to do something about the urgent problem. He found that Greece’s nationalist party, Golden Dawn (GD), is greatly responsible for spreading anti-Semitism in Greece, as is the Greek Orthodox Church. Foxman has also appealed to the Orthodox Church to revise its liturgy, something that has never happened in the church’s 1,700-year history: “We call on Orthodox Christian leaders to begin the process now to remove anti-Semitic passages from its liturgy…untold numbers of Jews have suffered throughout the centuries, and today, in some countries where these churches are prominent, Jews are confronted by growing anti-Semitism, because of the failure to address this.”

According to Bible prophecy, the whole world will, before the return of Jesus Christ, be united in war against Israel and will determine to destroy her, as described in Ezekiel 38 and other scriptures. The stage seems to be getting very rapidly set for this exact end-time scenario with the rapid rise and spread of global anti-Semitism.



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