New surveys that were conducted in France have indicated that Frenchmen who are of Muslim origin are far likelier to express anti-Semitic views than the general population. In the two surveys, taken in recent months, 74 percent of respondents who identified themselves as observant Muslims agreed with the statement that Jews have too much influence on French economics, compared to a still-high 25 percent in the general population who felt that way.
The survey also reported that 70% of practicing Muslims believe the anti-Semitic meme that Jews control the media. Among the general population that number is almost one out of four (23%):
Among the general population, 32 percent of respondents said that they agreed with the statement that “Jews use to their own benefit their status as victims of the Nazi genocide,” in comparison to 56 percent of respondents from the Muslim group and among those who had voted for the far-right National Front party in 2012. Among those French citizens who had voted for the Front de Gauche far-left party, the assertion received a 51 percent approval rating.
Moreover in the surveys, the existence of “an international Zionist conspiracy” was endorsed by only 16 percent of the general population, but by 44 percent of Muslim respondents. The same portion – 44 percent – of Front de Gauche [a an extremist left-wing party]voters called Zionism “a racist ideology” compared to 23 percent of the general population.
(…)The latest surveys were released Sunday at the fifth annual convention in Paris of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish organizations. A total of 1,580 people who are older than 16 were polled after Sept. 25 by the IFOP polling company and the Foundation for Political Innovation.
Ten years ago, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon caused a bit of an international incident when he told French Jews to move to Israel immediately to escape anti-Semitism:
He told a meeting of the American Jewish Association in Jerusalem that Jews around the world should relocate to Israel as early as possible.
But for those living in France, he added, moving was a “must” because of rising violence against Jews there.
France’s foreign ministry said it had asked Israel for an explanation of the “unacceptable comments”.
French Jewish leaders, interviewed on France-2 Television, said Mr Sharon’s remarks were unhelpful.
“These comments do not bring calm, peace and serenity that we all need,” said Patrick Gaubert, of the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra). “I think Mr Sharon would have done better tonight to have kept quiet.”
“It’s not up to him to decide for us,” said Theo Klein, honorary president of Crif, which represents French Jewish organisations.
Ten years later, considering the recent anti-Semitic riots in France and the anti-Semitic attitudes of the French people reflected in these polls, Ariel Sharon’s words ring truer than ever.