U.S. Jews blame Republicans more than Democrats for anti-Semitism, see far right as bigger ‘threat’

U.S. Jews blame Republicans more than Democrats for anti-Semitism, see far right as bigger ‘threat’


Despite President Trump’s best efforts, American Jews blame Republicans for anti-Semitism more so than Democrats They also view the far-right as a more serious threat than the far left and Islamic extremists combined  A new study published by the American Jewish Committee indicates 17% of Jews surveyed believe the GOP bears total responsibility for anti-Semitism, while only 6% think the Democrats are to blame Advertisement  The AJC’s survey comes days before the anniversary of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were murdered by a right-wing gunman Oct 27, 2018.  That research also shows 49% of respondents believe the extreme political right represents a “very serious threat” to them, while 29% rated the threat level as “moderately serious ”  Only 15% of those asked said the far left constituted a “very” serious threat, with another 21% calling the danger posed by liberals as moderately serious  When asked “how much of an anti-Semitic threat does extremism in the name of Islam represent in the United States,” 27% said the threat was very serious and another 27% considered that threat moderately serious The president has said that Jews who vote for Democrats do so out of “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty ” He has cited freshman Congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — both Muslims — as examples his Democratic rivals don’t have the best interest of Jews at heart The House or Representatives passed a resolution in March condemning “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry” following controversial comments Omar made about money from Jewish organizations influencing American politics  Of the 1,283 Jewish adults who participated in the study, the nonpartisan AJC reported 56% were either liberal or liberal-leaning while 21% identified with conservatism More than three-quarters of that group, which overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has an “unfavorable” opinion of the job Trump is doing  While 84% of the survey’s participants believe anti-Semitism has been on the rise over the past half-decade, only 2% have been the target of “an anti-Semitic physical attack” during that period However, 68% of respondents have avoided wearing or carrying items that would help the public identify them as Jews Only 41% of respondents identified themselves as “secular” while 10% identify with orthodoxy

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