One quarter of world’s adult population demonizes Jews

| May 15, 2014

In a world that likes to think of itself as enlightened, isn’t interesting how many people would rather blame someone for their troubles rather than take responsibility for self?

Jews have been accused of “running everything,” but as the elders taught, one has a choice to go along with something or not. Furthermore, we find it interesting that most people claim to believe in the right of self-determination for their own. So, why single others out for sticking together and working to control their own destiny?

We don’t see Jews going around murdering folks in our community—we do this to ourselves; we don’t see Jews going around telling our children to devalue educational opportunities—we do that to ourselves; we don’t see Jews telling us we cannot start our own businesses and that we must spend all our money outside our own communities—we do that to ourselves; we don’t see Jews going around telling us no to unify our community (in fact a number of them express dismay at our disunity)—we pull each other down on our own.

Yes, there have been “conspiracies” in history, but they’ve always been very specific and incident driven. Humans long have been given to fairy tales and the need to believe that a big, bad wolf is responsible for devouring children lost in the forest. But, the monster dwells within each of us. The best way to improve the world is to improve yourself; the best way to work for peace in this world is to be peaceful yourself; the best way to wrest control from the “boogieman” is to control yourself—educate yourself, work toward your goal and live with a code of ethics that comes from the inside out, not the other way around.

 26% of the world’s adults are anti-Semitic: study

A new study by the Anti-Defamation League found one in four adults believe a majority of negative Jewish stereotypes. The survey also found that less than half of adults under the age of 35 have heard about the Holocaust.

BY MEG WAGNER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A picture taken in January 1945 shows a group of children behind barbed wire fencing in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. A new study found that two in three adults worldwide have either never heard of the Holocaust or deny historical accounts.  A picture taken in January 1945 shows a group of children behind barbed wire fencing in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. A new study found that two in three adults worldwide have either never heard of the Holocaust or deny historical accounts.  

A quarter of adults worldwide hold anti-Semitic views, according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League.

The survey, which polled 53,100 adults in 102 countries, also found that two in three people have either never heard of the Holocaust or deny historical accounts.

Overall, 26% of those surveyed are anti-Semitic, the study said.

“The level of anti-Semitism in some countries and regions, even those where there are no Jews, is in many instances shocking,” Barry Curtiss-Lusher, Anti-Defamation League national chair, said in a statement.

To measure anti-Semitic feelings, researchers asked adults in each surveyed country about 11 negative stereotypes about Jews. Stereotypes included “Jews have too much power in the business world” and “Jews are more loyal to Israel the countries they live in.”

If a respondent said six or more of the stereotypes were “probably true,” they were considered to hold anti-Semitic opinions.

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