The ADL global survey of anti-Semitism overall holds few surprises. Traditionally anti-Semitic parts of Eastern Europe rank surprisingly lower than expected especially when you compare them to the South Caucasus where the numbers are out of sight.
Muslim anti-Semitism is concentrated most heavily in the Arab world. Again this is not surprising. For example Iran comes in somewhere in the 50s, which is still pretty bigoted, but Iraq scores 92% and Kuwait clocks in at 82%.
Iraq is the most anti-Semitic country in the world, not counting PLO controlled areas which score even higher. Yemen comes in at 88% and Qatar at 80% suggesting that this is not about border wars with Israel. Egypt which has an extensive war history with Israel scores at 75%. It’s more about the domestic power of Islam.
Laos, which is almost entirely Buddhist, has less anti-Semitism than any other place at 0.2%. India comes in at 20% and, predictably, Muslim rates of anti-Semitism are higher than those for Hindus.
Looking at countries where rates of anti-Semitism are broken down by religion, the same pattern recurs in countries like Cote D’Ivoire where Muslim rates of anti-Semitism are higher than those of non-Muslims.
The sharpest gap may in Malaysia which scores at 61%. But Muslim anti-Semitism rates in Malaysia are at 83% while Buddhist anti-Semitism rates are at 34%.
It’s one country and yet the difference in a particular strain of bigotry between Muslims and Buddhists is stunning.
Overall Buddhist Asian countries tend to rank much lower than Asian Muslim countries in anti-Semitism.
It’s hard to look at these numbers and deny the fact that anti-Semitism is spread by Islam.