Euro­pean Mus­lim Anti­semitism: Why Young Urban Males Say They Don’t Like Jews

Gün­ther Jikeli

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By – October 20, 2015

Euro­pean Mus­lim Anti­semitism is data, research, and analy­sis all wrapped into one in a com­pelling and digestible vol­ume. This is a soci­o­log­i­cal study, not a psy­cho­an­a­lyt­i­cal one, nor is it a his­tor­i­cal or philo­soph­i­cal analy­sis. The author sent his teams out to inter­view Mus­lim men in Lon­don, Paris and Berlin. In Lon­don, the men being inter­viewed are most­ly Pak­istani. In Paris, they are most­ly North African. In Berlin, they are most­ly Turkish.

The inter­view­ers asked ques­tions about stereo­types about Jews and the Mid­dle East con­flict. The con­clu­sions they come to are that there are many rea­sons for each of the Mus­lim male atti­tudes toward Jews. Many of the ques­tions were inten­tion­al­ly open end­ed so that the sub­jects could con­tin­ue to talk. While that makes it hard­er to quan­ti­fy their answers, it also made the descrip­tions more use­ful in under­stand­ing the inter­vie­wees. Bet­ter to under­stand the per­son — not their hatred and atti­tude towards Jews which seems, almost uni­ver­sal­ly through­out this work, to be based on nation­al, reli­gious hatred, and seri­ous fears (whether found­ed or unfound­ed) of being attacked by Jews.each

This work is very impor­tant. It brings us that much clos­er to under­stand­ing the phe­nom­e­non of Mus­lim hatred towards the Jews of Europe.

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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