More than half of Muslim migrants in Bavaria hold anti-Semitic views, study says


( More than half of Muslim migrants in the German state of Bavaria hold anti-Semitic beliefs, according to new study released by the Hanns Seidel Foundation think tank.

Mideast migrants arrive in Germany in October 2015. Credit: Raimond Spekking via Wikimedia Commons.

The German study was conducted throughout 2016 in the Bavarian cities of Nuremberg and Poing und Pliening. Findings were based on interviews conducted with nearly 800 migrants from countries including Syria, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“More than half of Muslim asylum seekers showed clear tendencies of an anti-Semitic attitude pattern,” the study’s researchers wrote.

When asked if Jews “have too much influence in the world,” 52 percent of Syrian respondents said yes, while 53 percent of Iraqis also agreed with the statement. Almost 60 percent of Afghans said Jews have too much influence, while 20 percent of German respondents affirmed the anti-Semitic statement. Only 5.4 percent of migrants surveyed from Eritrea, a Christian-majority country, were found to hold anti-Semitic views. 

The study’s authors also found that “emotional prejudices against Israeli families” were widespread in respondents’ belief systems.

Posted on June 7, 2017 .