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Survey of British Muslims claims almost half hold antisemitic views

Poll found that followers of the Islamic faith who have Jewish friends were 12 percent less likely to hold one or more antisemitic view

Man reading an Islamic prayer book - the koran (Photo by Rachid Oucharia on Unsplash)
Man reading an Islamic prayer book - the koran (Photo by Rachid Oucharia on Unsplash)

A new survey of British Muslims’ attitudes has found that almost half hold antisemitic sentiments – but the number falls drastically if they live in integrated communities.

The Savanta-ComRes poll of 750 people found that those with Jewish friends were 12 percent less likely to hold one or more antisemitic views, compared to 44 percent of Muslims who do not live in diverse areas.

The antisemitic trope that Jews are more loyal to Israel was the view of 55 percent of observant Muslims, defined as those who attended mosque at least three times a week.

It was also more common among university-educated respondents (47 percent) compared to those without a university education (40 percent). Across the UK as a whole, 24 percent believe that Jews have dual loyalty.

Dr Rakib Ehsan, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society in London, said: “Too many within British Muslim communities have been willing to indulge in antisemitic conspiracies.”

He added that the poll provides “a degree of direction for both British Muslim communities and the UK Government,” with community cohesion plans needed to improve social integration and strengthen interfaith relations.

“This should be supported by community-based educational initiatives designed to counter antisemitic attitudes and anti-Jewish conspiratorial beliefs.”

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