Studying Muslim anti-Semitism in America

“The 2014 ADL Global 100 Survey has spotlighted many aspects of contemporary anti-Semitism. Among them are the widespread anti-Semitic prejudices in the Muslim world.

However, there are few studies providing detailed data on Muslim anti-Semitism. In 2009, I published the first North American study comparing levels of Muslim and Christian anti-Semitism. The sample size of each group was one hundred people. It was then compared to one hundred Jewish North Americans as a baseline.”

Steven Baum is an Albuquerque-based clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over 30 years. He developed an interest in the psychology of genocide and then focused on the psychology of anti-Semitism during the next decade. He has published numerous articles and books on anti-Semitism, genocide and hate, and is the founder and editor of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.

“From the study, it became clear that the Muslims interviewed were more anti-Semitic than Christians in the United States and Canada. The average or mean test scores endorsing negative Jewish stereotypes – after statistically separating out anti-Israel sentiment items – were more than double those of North American Christians.

“When separating culture from religion, Arab Muslims came out as the most anti-Semitic. Arab Christians and Non-Arab Muslims from Bosnia and Pakistan were less so, yet still anti-Semitic. Mainstream North American Christians were not very anti-Semitic at all…”

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