anti_Semitism numbers don't tell that much - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David Goodman
    • 01.11.07 | 21:29 (IST)

    The writer shouldn't accept the ADL's claim that the 1 percentage point change in its antisemitism index shows an increase in anti-Jewish attitudes. Using samples of 2,000, the polls have a margin of sampling error that renders the difference statistically insignificant. It's much more likely that the change is due to chance than to an invrease in antisemitism. Even if we accept that 15 percent of Americans are antisemitic, a fair reading of U.S. foreign policy over the past four decades shows that philosemitism _ or at least philo-Israelism _ has played a much stronger role in shaping American government actions. Fair-minded people rightly reject the claim that the Israel lobby has distorted U.S. policy so that America acts against its interests. BUT ... public sympathy for Israel (as well as anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias among a sizable minority of Americans) is a persistent factor in U.S. policy.

    from the article: ADL survey: 15% of Americans 'unquestionably anti-Semitic'
    First published 00:00 01.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.11.07
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