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Does ADL poll prove that Greece is world’s most anti-Semitic nation?

Does ADL poll prove that Greece is world’s most anti-Semitic nation?

ATHENS — When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe.

With 69% of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56%) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37%).

On its surface, the poll suggests that anti-Semitism is running rampant in Greece.

Much of the blame goes to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which has found fertile ground for its extreme-right ideology in the ruins of Greece’s economic crisis.

In elections held Sunday, May 18, for Athens mayor, for example, 16% of the vote went to Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, a man notorious for beating a female political opponent during a television interview and for the large swastika tattooed on his shoulder.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:59 )

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International

Israel, China agree to innovate

Israel, China agree to innovateTEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Israel with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong to announce a binational agreement to foster innovation. Netanyahu in a statement Monday, May 19, also announced an agreement for the two countries to cooperate during emergencies. “There’s a natural affinity and friendship between the ancient people of China and the ancient people of Israel,” Netanyahu said in the statement. “We are both rooted in great traditions, but we also are absol...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:50 )

National

Does Hillary differ from Obama on foreign policy?

Does Hillary differ from Obama on foreign policy?WASHINGTON — A month before her foreign policy autobiography, Hard Choices, hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience. Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee was meant to send a signal to the pro-Israel community, insiders say, that a Clinton presidency would smooth over tensions ruffled by the Obama White House. So while she broadly defended Obama administration policies, she also sugges...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:48 )

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National

Holocaust Torah given to VCU

Holocaust Torah given to VCUPHOENIX — A non-Jewish couple from Arizona donated a 250-year-old Torah scroll recovered from the Nazis to Virginia Commonwealth University. The couple, Martin L. Johnson and Olinda Young of Phoenix, are collectors of antiques and art; an interest in old Bibles led to them to acquire eight Torah scrolls. In recent years, the two have donated Torahs to the University of Pennsylvania, Loyola University in Chicago, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the University of Arizona and Arizon...
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ADL report: 1.1 billion hate Jews

ADL report: 1.1 billion hate JewsNEW YORK — A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey, released Tuesday, May 13, found that 26% of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide — harbor deeply anti-Semitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed in 102 countries and territories covering approximately 86% of the world’s population....
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