Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (26 December 2017, 6 Tevet , 5778)
How did the British end up being so anti-Semitic?
The article in question (quoted below)Â in effect says that the British are NOT anti-Semitic compared to other peoples. It all depends on what part of the article one refers to and emphasizes.
Â Here are some extracts:
Over a quarter of British people 'hold anti-Semitic attitudes', study finds
Â By Callum May, BBC News
Â More than a quarter of British people hold at least one anti-Semitic view, according to a study of attitudes to Jewish people.
Â The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) said the finding came from the largest and most detailed survey of attitudes towards Jews and Israel ever conducted in Britain.
Â But it said the study did not mean that British people were anti-Semitic.
Â Researchers also found a correlation in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitudes.
Â The study found a relatively small number of British adults - 2.4% - expressed multiple anti-Semitic attitudes "readily and confidently".
Â But when questioned about whether they agreed with a number of statements, including "Jews think they are better than other people", and "Jews exploit holocaust victimhood for their own purposes", 30% agreed with at least one statement.
Â Despite this, the researchers said they found that levels of anti-Semitism in Great Britain were among the lowest in the world.
Â The report said about 70% of the population of Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews and did not hold any anti-Semitic ideas or views.
The last sentence contains the bottom line line:
Â "about 70% of the population of Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews and did not hold any anti-Semitic ideas or views." We therefore have 30% who are either anti-Semitic or have no opinion. This is not very high especially considering that not all those included in the survey were native British.
Â In addition, in my opinion, some of the questions defining anti-Semitism were misplaced and misleading. One could believe that "Jews think they are better than other people" and not be anti-Jewish. I personally hold that Jews, on the whole, are better than others.Â
Â Is there something wrong with that?
Â If a Gentile knows what I think and assumes that other Jews think the same does that make him anti-Semitic? or simply a realist?
Â Most peoples in the world today think their own group are better than others.
Â So too, concerning the question as to whether one thinks that,
"Jews exploit holocaust victimhood for their own purposes."
What exactly does this mean?Â
Â The Jews were indeed victims of the Holocaust. It follows that Jews should be naturally super-sensitive concerning the national security of their fellow Jews and of Israel. Gentiles dealing with Jews or with Israel at times may need to take this into consideration. If a Jew should remind them of this fact does it mean he is exploiting "holocaust victimhood?" Perhaps he is and it may be justified. If a Gentile is aware of this sensitivity does that make him an anti-Semite?
There are however British Statesmen, public figures, and institutions such as the BBC who are prejudiced against Israel and at times anti-Jewish.Â
Â On the one hand, one should not ignore one's enemies.
Â On the other side, there is no need to invent them either.
Â The Jewish people need not look for adversaries since there already are myriads of such who are eager to find them.