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1 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Thu, Jul 21, 2011 8:49:47pm

Why?

2 The Ghost of a Flea  Thu, Jul 21, 2011 9:38:22pm

Anti-semitism has been encouraged by the elite of these nations for decades: it acts as a pressure valve for the stresses caused by glaring social inequality, corrupt and hypocritical leadership, and nigh-on-feudal distribution of wealth and power. Hence the pattern of Palestinians in ME nations being kept status-less and culturally isolated even as the leadership fumes and postures about Israel: it's all theatre, and Israel and Palestine are props. It's all from the same playbook of the Tzarists who rigged up the "Protocols"--deflect, dissemble, demonize--while plundering the commonwealth of the nation to benefit a slender few.

The other proponents of anti-Semitism are equally cynical, but to a different end: fundamentalist mullahs use Jews, Israel, and the US as bogey-men with which to intimidate--and compel compliance--from their congregations. Keeping people frightened of outside forces impedes pecky activities like asking questions or getting educated enough to develop their own ideas about religious law. Conservative clerics want to keep their flocks obeisant to their interpretation of Islam, and pushing epistemic closure shuts down debate that might unsettle their comfortable authority... and outside of the urban educated there's a lot of people with no education and no news options who rely on their religious figures to keep them informed.

The final thing, sadly, is just plain tribalism: there are Muslims who just can't imagine other Muslims doing something horrid...so they either accept the premise that there was some kind of justification, or embrace conspiracy theories that shift blame elsewhere. This kind of thinking is, of course, encouraged by the politicos and mullahs who want a captive, frightened audience.

3 The Ghost of a Flea  Thu, Jul 21, 2011 9:39:26pm

Sorry--that should read "Israelis and Palestinians" in the 1st paragraph.

4 Achilles Tang  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 5:13:40am

I question if asking for "favorable" attitudes will generate genuine inverse results from asking about "negative" attitudes.

I also wonder why anyone wastes time and money asking these questions in those areas when any fool can make up the same responses./

5 SanFranciscoZionist  Fri, Jul 22, 2011 9:17:28am

re: #4 Naso Tang

I question if asking for "favorable" attitudes will generate genuine inverse results from asking about "negative" attitudes.

I also wonder why anyone wastes time and money asking these questions in those areas when any fool can make up the same responses./

They did a pretty wide sweep in this study, IIRC. Europe looks very different. What's interesting to me is that the negatives hold true, although much less so (but much more than in Europe), for places like Malaysia, where there's very little actual Jewish history or interaction.


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