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Jewish Daily Forward: 39% of French Say Jews Hold 'Too Much Power'
Survey Shows Both Positive and Negative Extremes
JTA, January 27, 2013
A new survey on how Frenchmen perceive Jews revealed widespread anti-Semitism alongside high support for Israel and pro-Jewish sentiments.
The survey, conducted earlier this month by the polling company Market Watch among 1,000 respondents, showed 39 percent of the men and women who replied agreed with the statement that “Jews possess too much power in business.” Another 21 percent disagreed and 40 percent said they were neutral.
Forty-seven percent of respondents said French Jews were more loyal to Israel than to France, while only 15 percent disagreed. The poll, published on Jan. 24 by the World Zionist Organization, which commissioned it, was performed online on Jan. 13 via a platform developed by the IPSOS polling firm.
But when asked about their sentiments regarding French Jews, 43 percent said they had a “positive” view and 53 percent said they were neutral. Only four percent said they had negative views of Jews.
Asked about their views on Israel, 20 percent said they had a “favorable” view of the Jewish state; 61 percent said they were neutral and only 19 percent said they had a negative opinion of Israel.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said “anti-Jewish sentiments” were the source of violent incidents targeting Jews; 19 percent attributed violence against Jews to “anti-Israel sentiments” and 27 percent had no opinion on the matter.
Do not be fooled by the 43% which claimed to have a positive view of Jews. What kind of positive views? Stereotypes? Envy? Jealousy? Not so positive, are they?
The ethnicity of those surveys were not reported. If it turns out that the majority of those surveyed were Muslim, that would be one thing. It would still not encourage any optimism from me, as the Muslim population in France is on the rise, and we all know how such an increase will be reflected in their attitudes: increased distance from French culture, increased willingness to express Muslim-based opinions, and increased displays of Muslim attitudes publicly.
However, I do not see researchers marching into Muslim neighborhoods, where there has been a history of rioting anytime soon. Do you?
The situation is much worse in France than this survey, of only 1,000 participants, appears.
I am not sure what the goal of the JTA is in presenting this survey.
Keeping us numbed out, and away from Israel?
I cannot be sure, but it would not surprise me.
So, exactly what power does the 39% of those surveys think that Jews in France have?
The power to get beaten up? The power NOT to be able to wear Jewish head coverings in certain neighborhoods? The power to get our children's schools attacked? The power to killed in a violent manner?
How many more surveys do the Jews in France need?
It's time to get out already, and come to Israel, your only, true homeland.