(JNS.org) More than 1 billion people worldwide are “deeply infected” with anti-Semitic views, according to a new global survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The “ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism” survey polled 53,100 adults in 102 countries and found that more than one-in-four adults—26 percent of those surveyed, or 1.09 billion people—answered “probably true” to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews, including questions about Jewish power, dual loyalty, money, and behavior, the ADL said.
“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.
The Middle East checked in with the highest concentrations of anti-Semitism, with nearly three-quarters of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes. In the West Bank and Gaza, 93 percent of respondents held anti-Semitic views, with Jordan and Morocco, two relatively moderate Arab countries, rounding out the top 10 countries at 81 and 80 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, Eastern Europe came in as the second-most anti-Semitic region, at 34 percent, with the rest of the world ranging from 24 percent in Western Europe to only 14 percent in Oceania.
Countries in Scandinavia and Southeast Asia, with very small or no Jewish communities, led the way with the lowest scores of anti-Semitism, including Laos at 0.2 percent, the Philippines at 3 percent, Sweden at 4 percent, the Netherlands at 5 percent, and Vietnam at 6 percent. The United Kingdom and United States followed closely at 8 percent and 9 percent, respectively.