Muslim Anti-Semitism in Western Europe

(Jerusalem Post) Manfred Gerstenfeld - In 2011 Mark Elchardus, a Belgian sociologist, published a report on Dutch-language elementary schools in Brussels. He found that about 50% of Muslim students in second and third grade could be considered anti-Semites, versus 10% of others. In the same year Gunther Jikeli published his findings from 117 interviews with Muslim male youngsters (average age 19) in Berlin, Paris and London. The majority voiced some, or strong anti-Semitic feelings, expressing them openly and often aggressively. These and other projects and studies reveal that anti-Semitism among substantial parts of European Muslim communities is much higher than in other populations. In 2009, during Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the largest anti-Semitic riots in Norway's history took place in Oslo. All participants were Muslim. In 2012, Mohammed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, killed a teacher and three children in front of their Jewish school. In Sweden's third largest city, Malmo, the perpetrators of many physical and verbal attacks are almost all Muslims. A record number of complaints about hate crimes in 2010 and 2011 did not lead to any convictions. In Copenhagen, all major assaults on Jews were perpetrated by Arabs.

2013-02-20 00:00:00

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