Failing To Learn From History

The Anti-Defamation League has conducted a survey that found nearly one third of Europeans harbor traditional anti-Semitic attitudes. The results of this survey are shocking:

  • 30% harbor traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes.
  • 45% believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country.
  • 30% believe that Jews have too much power in the business world.
  • 19% say Jews don’t care about anyone but their own kind.
  • 16% say Jews are more willing than others to use shady practices to get what they want.
  • 39% of Europeans believe Jews still talk too much about the Holocaust.

This is certainly a very worrying survey. We all know where the last wave of European anti-Semitism went. It’s ironic that a region that looks at the United States as a racist, imperialist backwater would have much higher rates of anti-Semitism. At the same time we see European Muslims declare that they have no need to be loyal to their home country, almost half of the Europeans surveyed are worried about European Jews.

It’s clear that unless Europe immediately confronts these attitudes, the kind of anti-Semitic violence that has occurred across the continent will continue and expand. The waves of unassimilated and radicalized Muslim immigrants will only continue to deepen the problem. Unless Europe is willing to fully join the US in their campaign against terrorism, there is a good chance that Europe may be it’s first real casualty.

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