Poll: British Muslims more likely to support anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

An anti-Israel protest in London. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A new poll in the United Kingdom has found that British Muslims are much more likely to support a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories than the wider British public.

According to a poll conducted by ICM for the U.K.’s Channel 4, the British Muslim community is “more likely to believe that Jewish people have too much power in Britain and too much power over government, media, the business world, international financial markets, and global affairs,” London's Jewish Chronicle reported.

The poll, conducted among 1,081 British Muslims, found that 35 percent “agreed” with the suggestion that Jews have too much power in the U.K., compared to only 9 percent in the national average. Additionally, 39 percent of Muslims believe that Jews have too much power over the media and 44 percent said Jews have too much power over business, compared to only 10 and 18 percent respectively nationwide.

Forty percent of the British Muslims surveyed believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than the U.K., and 34 percent believe Jews talk “too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

Roughly 26 percent of British Muslims blamed the Jewish people for being responsible for most of the world’s wars, while 27 percent hate Jews because of the way they behave.

Trevor Philips, the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the U.K., called the results “extremely worrying.”

“On specific issues—families, sexuality, gender, attitudes towards Jews, and on questions of violence and terrorism—the center of gravity of British Muslim opinion is some distance away from the center of gravity of everyone else’s opinion,” Philips told BBC’s Radio 4

Posted on April 11, 2016 .