Global Increase in Bigotry against Jews and Muslims

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hatred towards Muslims and Jews increased last year, according to an annual report from the State Department.


In parts of Europe and Asia, anti-Islamic sentiments went up, while growing anti-Semitism was noted in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran.


The International Religious Freedom Report quoted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who praised comments by a religious leader calling for Allah to “destroy the Jews and their supporters.”


In Venezuela, state-controlled media published multiple anti-Semitic remarks, including opposition to a Catholic presidential candidate with Jewish roots.


There also were reports of violence against Shia and Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, discrimination against non-Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as well as harassment and arrests of Sunni Muslims in Iran.


“Even well into the 21st Century, traditional forms of anti-Semitism, such as conspiracy theories, use of the discredited myth of ‘blood libel’ and cartoons demonizing Jews continued to flourish,” the report said.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Bigotry against Jews and Muslims on the Rise, Says US (BBC News)

International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 (U.S. Department of State)

7 Foundations Spent $42 Million to Spread Fear of Muslims in U.S. (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)

Almost Half of Hate Crime Victims are Still Black or Jewish (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

            Jews and Muslims Unite for Obama (AllGov)


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