New surveys conducted in France suggested Frenchmen of Muslim origin were far likelier to espouse anti-Semitic views than the general population.
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In the two surveys, which were conducted in recent months among a total of 1,580 people older than 16, 74 percent of respondents who self-identified as observant Muslims agreed with the statement that Jews have too much influence on French economics compared to 25 percent in the general population.
Released on Sunday at the fifth annual national convention in Paris of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities and organizations, both surveys were conducted after September 25 by the IFOP polling company and the Foundation for Political Innovation. In the first survey, 1,005 respondents older than 16 answered a series of questions about their attitudes towards Jews. Their answers were then compared with answers to the same questions received several days later from 575 people older than 16 who said they were either Muslim or were born to a Muslim family.
In the general population group, 32 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that “Jews use to their own benefit their status as victims of the Nazi genocide” compared to 56 percent of all respondents both from the Muslim group and among respondents who voted for the far-right National Front party in 2012. Among voters for the Front de Gauche far-left party, the assertion had a 51 percent approval rating.
The assertion that Jews control the media received an approval rating of 23 percent in the general population group and 70 percent among practicing Muslims.
The existence of “an international Zionist conspiracy” was endorsed by 16 percent of the general population and by 44 percent of Muslim respondents. The same figure among Front de Gauche voters called Zionism “a racist ideology” compared to only 23 percent in the general population.
In the general population group, 46 percent of respondents endorsed the description of Zionism as “an ideology that proclaims the right of the Jews to have their own country on their ancestors’ land.”