By Adam Levick
How would you characterize someone who believes that Jews have too much power over the global media and global political affairs, that Jews are responsible for most of the world wars, and that people only hate Jews because of the way Jews behave?
Wouldn’t it be fair to label such a person an extreme anti-Semite?
Ok, now let’s suppose that 93% of this person’s fellow citizens feel the same way?
Wouldn’t it be fair to say that such a place is plagued by endemic Jew hatred?
Well, no doubt the mainstream media (rarely shy about calling out racists) would agree with these characterizations – if, of course, the country that holds such repulsive views were European. But, as we have documented repeatedly, even the most extreme and often violent manifestations of such virulent Judeophobia within the Arab world rarely if ever pique the interest of putatively anti-racist news editors.
The tendency of the U.K. media to bury news that paints an unflattering picture of groups deemed a priori to be ‘victims’ – not possessing “privilege‘ – will be illustrated by the dearth of mainstream media stories on the results from a new international survey commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, which gauged anti-Semitism in more than 100 countries. As with previous polls conducted by ADL, respondents who believe that at least 6 out of the 11 anti-Semitic statements (below) are “probably true” are considered to hold anti-Semitic views. The Index Score for each country represents the percentage of citizens in that country who answered “probably true” to a majority of these anti-Semitic statements.
Here are the statements:
1. Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/countries they live in]
2. Jews have too much power in international financial markets
3. Jews have too much control over global affairs
4. Jews think they are better than other people
5. Jews have too much control over the global media
6. Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars
7. Jews have too much power in the business world
8. Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind
9. People hate Jews because of the way Jews heave
10. Jews have too much control over the U.S. government
11. Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust
So, how antisemitic are the Palestinians?
Well, 93% of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza surveyed answered “probably true” to a majority of these statements, the largest percentage of any country in the world that was surveyed.
Remarkably, Palestinians are not only dramatically more anti-Semitic than the citizens in every Western country surveyed (for instance only 8% of U.K. citizens, and 9% of Americans, are anti-Semitic) but are even more antisemitic than citizens in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Iran.
Here are some highlights:
- 88% of Palestinians believe Jews have too much control over global affairs.
- 89% believe Jews have too much power over international financial markets
- 88% of Palestinians believe that Jews have too much control over the global media
- 78% of Palestinians believe that Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars.
- 87% of Palestinians believe that people hate Jews because of the way Jews behave.
We decided to highlight these statements (and not the results of the other statements), because these especially represent anti-Semitic tropes that overlap perfectly with the ideas laid out in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and can’t be fairly characterized as anything other than the historical, conspiracy-driven racism, which fueled pogroms, massacres, and wholesale genocide throughout the long, dark history of anti-Semitism.
Palestinian anti-Semitism is arguably one of the more under reported political pathologies of our day, and the failure of presumably sophisticated Middle East commentators to grapple and deal honestly with the injurious impact of this enduring hatred contributes to the public’s egregious misunderstanding of both the root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the endemic backwardness and underdevelopment within Palestinian society.
The failure of the Guardian and other UK media sites to report on Palestinian anti-Semitism not only harms Jews – the object of their hatred – but, as Walter Russell Mead explained, such crippling irrational antipathies also do grave harm to Palestinians themselves. “Attributing global events to the machinations of an all-conquering Jewish conspiracy”, argued Mead, “is the sign of profound mental and social failure – and a harbinger of more failures and errors to come.” “Societies”, he continued, that are “in thrall to this kind of darkness…and whose intellectual leaders cannot understand how power works in the modern world…are unlikely to develop the vigorous, forward-looking and competent civil societies that can promote true democracy.”
Even in the event that a Palestinian state is created, it is difficult to imagine how such political sovereignty will result in the diminution of such medieval thinking about Jews and their alleged toxic impact on the world.
Those who advocate on behalf of Palestinian rights and yet don’t confront this crippling pathos occupying their collective consciousness are creating an environment whereby Palestinians have no incentive to embark on a path to real progress, and thus will almost certainly be consigned to generation after generation of political, social and economic failure.
Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).