Anti-Semitism in Europe on the rise, ADL poll finds
Anti-Semitic attitudes in ten European countries remain at “disturbingly high levels,” according to a new poll from the Anti-Defamation League, released on Tuesday.
In France, where on Monday a shooting at a Jewish school resulted in the death of three children and a teacher, the overall level of anti-Semitism increased to 24 percent of the population, up from to 20 percent in 2009.
The poll finds that 45% of the French believe French Jews are more loyal to Israel than to France; 35% believe that Jews have too much power in the business world; 29% believe Jews hold too much power over the world’s international financial markets; and 35% believe Jews talk about the Holocaust too much.
What is also an interesting phenomena, is when anti-Semitism is in the news or being discussed, the number of people who try to change the subject. I find it annoying and anti-Semitic, imo, to a certain degree.
I'll have to read the poll later. I would like to find if they have one out for North and South America. I also think it would be interesting to see ones from Asia and the Australian areas. I wonder if such a poll has ever been done for Africa?
2. Are thought-crime laws in Europe making things worse?
In Europe, saying the wrong thing about WWII can get you serious prison time. I wonder if this abridgement of free speech (and I'm aware they have no first amendment) doesn't create a simmering resentment. I've never been comfortable locking people up for their thoughts and political opinions, like they do in Europe and Canada. I think it creates a backlash.