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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

Is There "Muslim Antisemitism" in France and Germany?


March 11, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall Directions
March 11, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall Directions

Antisemitism is not new in France and Germany and was certainly there before both countries have had relatively large Muslim minorities. However, in recent years, Muslims have become a new group of perpetrators of violence against Jews in addition to antisemitism from the political right and left, as well as every-day antisemitism in the mainstream. Survey data and statistics indicate that Muslims are disproportionally more likely than non-Muslims to harbor antisemitic sentiments and to act upon them.

The talk will give an overview of the available data and explore factors that might explain this discrepancy. It will show that discrimination against Muslims and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - both very real problems - are not the source of hatred of Jews among Muslims. Historical, cultural, religious, ethnic and nationalistic factors, often reinforced by countries of origin, such as Turkey, are more relevant.

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