Americans Rate Jews Highest, Muslims Lowest On 'Feeling Thermometer'
But views of both have gotten better.
A new survey asked Americans to rate different religious groups on a "feeling thermometer" from zero to 100. The results revealed that Americans are warming up to people to different faiths.
The survey, released Wednesday by Pew Research Center, found that Americans rate Jews the warmest and Muslims the coolest. Pew surveyed 4,248 adults between Jan. 9 and 23, 2017, and found that Jews got an average rating of 67 degrees, while Muslims came in at just 48 degrees.
Across the board, though, Americans feel increasingly positive toward a range of religious groups. Pew compared the results of the study with those of a previous poll conducted in 2014, and almost every religious group received a higher thermometer rating in the second survey.
"One of the really interesting things was that the increasingly warm feelings we see for these groups is so broad based," Jessica Martinez, lead researcher for the study, told The Huffington Post. "There's increasing warmth in the way religious groups view each other and in the way Democrats and Republicans view different groups. Even though there are differences, generally both view most of the groups more warmly than they did before."
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The Forgotten Stories of Muslims Who Saved Jewish People During the Holocaust
Even in the darkest times, there are heroes—though sometimes they may be the people we least expect.
That's the message a global nonprofit group hopes to spread Friday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when it displays a small exhibit in a New York synagogue highlighting the little-known stories of Muslims who risked their lives to rescue Jewish people from persecution during World War II. Though the two religious groups are often presented in opposition, this exhibit is a reminder that they have also shared an important history of cooperation and mutual assistance.
The Antisemitic Origin of the Myth that Obama is a "Muslim Mole"
There are many similarities between antisemitism and Islamophobia: One is that political leaders of the world often have been accused of being secret "Jews" or "Muslims." The intent is to smear them by using antisemitic or Islamophobic slurs. Words like "Muslim" or "Jew" to many are nasty words that imply that the person is an "unpatriotic traitor" or "terrorist."
Modern and historical antisemitism and Islamophobia is often based on the myth that there is a global conspiracy to conquer the world: antisemitic myths about a global Jewish or Zionist conspiracy like the Protocols of the elders of Zion and Islamophobic theories of a Muslim takeover of the west such as the Eurabia myth. Different national leaders that are seen as a threat to the racists are either branded as "Jews" or "Muslims" or as quisling collaborators of each.
Of course, to all decent and sane human beings there is nothing wrong in being a Jew or a Muslim. A political leader that is a Jew or a Muslim is no different from leaders that are, for example, Christian or Atheists. The only thing that matters is what is in your mind and in your heart, not what religion or ethnicity you have.
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Steve Bannon Claims: "U.S. Jews are Behind the 'Muslim invasion'"
Breitbart claims that they are "friends" of the Jews. In reality they are not. They often claim that "Jews control everything," and talk about Jews as responsible for "multiculturalism" and the "Muslim invasion." Individual Jews like George Soros are smeared and demonized.
The myth that Jews are behind "multiculturalism" and the alleged "Muslim invasion" is one that Nazis and white supremacists have spread for decades. What is worrying is that Breitbart and its former head, Steve Bannon, agrees with this and Bannon is now the main adviser to President Donald Trump.
"The U.S Jews" are behind the "Muslim invasion," Steve Bannon claimed 2007. This is an entrenched trope among White supremacists and many Islamophobes, as Garibaldi has pointed out in a previous Loonwatch article.
'This reminds us of the times of Hitler': In the heart of Europe, anti-Islam politics are on the rise
ERFURT, Germany This medieval city of timber-framed buildings and cobblestone streets is on the front lines of the escalating culture war over Islam in the West.
Donald Trump may be calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. But on this side of the Atlantic, too, Islam is under fire, with political opposition to the faith growing as an anti-Muslim message emerges as the rallying cry of Europe's far right.
In few places is the shift more startling than here in Germany, where attacks by Islamist radicals in neighboring nations and a record wave of Middle Eastern migrants are testing the national will to protect minority rights adopted after World War II.
(JTA) Swiss Jews spoke out against a regulation that makes it illegal for schoolchildren to refuse to shake hands with their teachers because of religious reasons.
A regional school board last month ruled that schools in Basel Country can fine parents up to $5,000 if their children refuse to shake hands with teachers, as is customary at graduation ceremonies.
The ruling was in reaction to the refusal of two Muslim boys to shake hands with female teachers at a public school in northern Switzerland. Like with devout Muslims, some devout Jews also refrain from touching members of the opposite sex because they view doing so as inappropriate.
Southwest Airlines seems to have embraced an unspoken policy that sees Arabic as a terrorist threat.
Virtually every time I travel, aside from international trips, I fly Southwest Airlines. As a loyal customer, I appreciate their low prices, flexible cancellation policies, and who could forget the alluring lack of a baggage fee?
Like many people suspended thousands of feet in the air, often my first act after getting comfortable in my seat on a plane is to utter a brief prayer, asking God for protection on my journey. This prayer happens to be in Arabic, and following an incident of blatant Islamophobia on April 6th when Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, an Iraqi UC Berkeley student was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane for speaking in Arabic on his phone hardly the first time the airline has done such a thing I will think twice about reciting my prayer aloud.
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Donald Trump may have vowed to ''bomb the shit'' out of the Islamic State, but his anti-Muslim rhetoric may actually be helping the terror group, according to one of the United States' top foreign policy experts.
Michael Hayden, the former head of both the CIA and the NSA, explained in an interview with the Guardian that ''the jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world.''
KHALIL ABU RAYYAN was a lonely young man in Detroit, eager to find a wife. Jannah Bride claimed she was a 19-year-old Sunni Muslim whose husband was killed in an airstrike in Syria. The two struck up a romantic connection through online communications.
Now, Rayyan, a 21-year-old Michigan man, is accused by federal prosecutors of supporting the Islamic State.
Documents released Tuesday show, however, that Rayyan was motivated not by religious radicalism but by the desire to impress Bride, who said she wanted to be a martyr.
Jannah Bride, not a real name, was in fact an FBI informant hired to communicate with Rayyan, who first came to the FBI's attention when he retweeted a video from the Islamic State of people being thrown from buildings. He wrote later on Twitter: ''Thanks, brother, that made my day.''
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Plight Of Palestinians In Israeli Prisons: The Failure of the Israeli Justice System
Samer Eisawi has been on an intermittent hunger strike for 212 days.
As the agony of hunger-striking Palestinian inmates continues unabated, the Israeli government has surprised observers with a secretly-adopted new set of laws. The laws allow for the re-arrest and indefinite incarceration of Palestinian political and resistance prisoners released in a deal brokered by Egypt nearly a year and a half ago.
The Israeli justice system is widely thought to be a mere rubber stamp in the hands of the powerful security establishment, especially the domestic intelligence agency known as Shin Bet.
Hypocrites, Past And Present: "Feed Me Today, Kill Me Tomorrow"
From time to time, unsubstantiated reports concocted by newspapers funded by the Mukhabarat or intelligence services of certain oil-rich Arab regimes would have us believe that Hamas is about to recognize Israel.
Insinuations to that effect were incessantly made in the past 25 years, virtually ever since the establishment of the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement.
Medical Negligence In Israeli Prisons: Israel A Serial Abuser - Palestinians Suffer Most
Palestinians in Israeli prisons are grievously abused. Conditions resemble gulag hell. Treatment is deplorable. Fundamental human rights are violated.
Geneva's Common Article 3 requires "humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands, specifically prohibit(ing) murder, mutilation, torture, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment (and) unfair trial(s)."
Fourth Geneva's Article 56 states:
"To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties."
It shouldn't surprise. He's a world class thug. He
deplores democratic principles. He spurns peace. He menaces the region. He
prioritizes racist persecution. He stresses neoliberal harshness.
embarrassment to legitimate governance. Polls suggest he'll remain prime
minister after January 22 elections. Israelis have themselves to blame.
They'll reelect officials harming their own welfare. They're as mindless
as Americans. They expect making the same mistake will beget different results.
They're not wise enough to know better. They'll get the government they
Gaza Flotilla Massacre: Whitewash Absolves Israel - Willful Klling, Torture Or Inhuman Treatment
Last May 31, Israeli commandos attacked and murdered nine or more activists, injuring dozens in international waters on board the Mavi Marmara mother ship, one of five bringing humanitarian aid to besieged Gazans.
The UK-based Stop the War Coalition called the attack "Yet another act of Israeli barbarism." Global protests erupted. Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy cited Israel's "propaganda machine....reach(ing) new highs (in distributing) false information....embarrass(ing) itself by entering a futile public relations battle," filled with malicious fiction and deceit.
What happened was clear. IDF commandos planned and executed a premeditated attack against unarmed, nonviolent humanitarian activists, trying to break Israel's illegal blockade to deliver essential aid. Cold-blooded murder resulted. The entire world knows it except Israeli government and military officials, as well as its self-appointed Turkel Commission, established to whitewash, not reveal, facts.
Blind Spot: What We Choose Not To See Is The Thing About To Destroy Us: Jewish Control Of Our Thoughts
Despite clear proof that Jewish influence destroyed from within the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, France, Russia and Germany, citizens of the United States remain essentially blind to this same catastrophic threat that has prostituted their own government and is about to eviscerate their own country.
Now totally controlled by rich international Jews, the world perpetually teeters on the brink of war while governments poison their own people, trying to pay off shrewd debts that never really end to their Talmudic overlords on Wall Street and in the City of London.
“This is the kind of obviousness that a child can see—though the child may, later in life, become browbeaten into believing that the obvious problems are "non-problems", to be argued into nonexistence by careful reasoning and clever choices of definition.”
-- Roger Penrose
“... so obvious that it takes really impressive discipline to miss it ...”
-- Noam Chomsky
Here we have Israel as an internationally recognized thug, keeper of the largest open-air prison on earth, regularly practicing war crimes against civilians, targeting civilian infrastructure and continuously disregarding the Geneva Conventions – virtually unanimously denounced by the international community, by every human rights watch group on the globe, and by international civil society for the last many decades  – and how do Canadian politicians and parliamentarians respond?
Oppressors And Liars, And They Call Themselves A Light Upon The Nations
When Israeli President Shimon President was pressed by some human rights organizations to stop the practice of "administrative detention" of Palestinian intellectuals, he claimed that "Palestinians who don't hurl fire bombs and who don't shoot have nothing to fear." Peres were lying through his teeth as usual because nearly all victims of administrative detention have not indulged in any illegal activity.
Administrative detention is very much like taking hostages. One is snatched from his home and family by the Israeli occupation army (and now by the Palestinian Authority-PA- forces) and kept behind bars for months or years without charge or trial). I remember one of these seemingly perpetual detainees, Mustafa Shawar of Hebron telling me that he begged the Israeli military judge to inform him why he was being kept in jail.
A Renegade, Lawless And Murderous State: De-legitimization Of The Zionist State
Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, have been complaining about the increasing "de-legitimization" of the Zionist state across the world. Netanyahu, who is a skilled media operator, said that Israel "needs to de-legitimize the de-legitimizers".
However, a fleeting glance at recent Israeli actions shows that Israel is a nefarious, lawless and murderous entity whose representatives commit murder and terrorism knowingly and deliberately against innocent people. In doing so, it is they who "de-legitimize" the state of Israel.
Daily Israeli Crimes Against Humanity: Using All Its Deadly Weapons To Exterminate The Palestinian People
Daily accounts can be followed on important sites such as Palestine Chronicle.com, Palestine Telegraph.com, and the Electronic Intifada.net as well as others like Israel's oldest daily newspaper, Haaretz, available online in English.
They and others document harrowing crimes virtually ignored in the West, especially by America's media offering one-sided pro-Israeli reports with imperfect exceptions like Isabel Kershner's January 7 New York Times article headlined, "Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian, 65, in His Bedroom," saying:
The Cost of Israel to US Taxpayers: Hiding AIPAC’s Tracks, Shocking Comparisons
For many years the American media said that “Israel receives $1.8 billion in military aid” or that “Israel receives $1.2 billion in economic aid.” Both statements were true, but since they were never combined to give us the complete total of annual U.S. aid to Israel, they also were lies—true lies.
Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that “Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.” That's true. But it's still a lie. The problem is that in fiscal 1997 alone, Israel received from a variety of other U.S. federal budgets at least $525.8 million above and beyond its $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, and yet another $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.
The Seduction of the Knowledge-Based Society: How Zionists Corrupt Knowledge
The most promising trend in geopolitics is the transition from hydrocarbon-based economies to knowledge-based societies. Leadership for that change is emerging from Arab nations.
The appeal of the Knowledge Society is apparent. Who could object to nations preparing their citizens for the 21st century? Yet unless knowledge is changed, the result could worsen an already dangerous situation.
The sharing of values and knowledge has long been the best way to bridge cultures and promote peace. That strategy is now essential to counter the success of those promoting The Clash of Civilizations.
V for Zionism: Hollywood, Zionist Controlled, Helps Propagate Zionism Agenda
On December 14, 2010, 56-year-old Clay Duke attended a board meeting of the Bay School District in Panama City, Florida. After a few minutes of deliberation, the meeting was opened up to the local citizenry.
That’s when Duke rose from his seat, walked to a nearby wall, and spray-painted the letter “V” inside a red circle. The scrawl was a direct reference to the film V for Vendetta, whose hero—a masked vigilante named “V”—uses the same symbol as his signature trademark. Duke then pulled a gun, and ordered the room to be cleared of all but six board members.
“I’m going to die today,” said Duke, as he paced around the podium.
Duke had fallen on hard times. Like so many Americans, he was broke and unemployed. His wife, Rebecca, had been laid off from her job—with the same school district—and was about to receive her last unemployment check.
On December 24, Ecuador became the fifth Latin American country to recognize "the Palestine state as free and independent within its borders since 1967." An accompanying statement said:
"Sadly, the Middle East continues to face wars and violent events that have led to the death of many innocent people, a situation contrary to the humane and pacifist position established by the Ecuadorian Constitution.
The Wandering Who? No Jewish History - Hitler Won After All
Tel Aviv University historian, Professor Shlomo Sand, opens his remarkable study of Jewish nationalism quoting Karl W. Deutsch:
“A nation is a group of people united by a common mistake regarding its origin and a collective hostility towards its neighbours.”(1)
As simple or even simplistic as it may sound, the quote above eloquently summarises the figment of reality entangled with modern Jewish nationalism and especially within the concept of Jewish identity.
The Virgin Mary As The “Mother Of Terrorism“– Pictures That Speak A Thousand Words About That Wonderful Jewish Mindset
We can just imagine if, during the apex of the recent anti-Gentile bloodshed waged by poor/defenseless/pure-as-the-wind-driven-snow little Israel against the Palestinian civilians of Gaza last January an art exhibit appeared in a Muslim or Christian country depicting Moses in an IDF uniform launching phosphorus gas against helpless innocent women and children. Or another, depicting Joshua (Moses’ successor) up to his elbows in blood as he rips organs out of innocent civilians killed for expressly the purpose of harvesting their spare parts as if they were vehicles in some junk yard.
Zionism: An “Abnormal” Nationalism - A Singular fact Engendering History
The ultimate goal…is, in time, to take over the Land of Israel and to restore to the Jews the political independence they have been deprived of for these two thousand years…The Jews will yet arise and, arms in hand (if need be), declare that they are the masters of their ancient homeland.
— Vladimir Dubnow, 1882
August 26, 2009 "Dissident Voice" -- - Zionism is best described as an abnormal nationalism. This singular fact has engendered a history of deepening conflicts between Israel — leading an alliance of Western states — and the Islamicate more generally.
Arabs Paying The Price Of The Holocaust South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
"The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns," Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday.
Commenting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement in Germany Thursday that the lesson of the Holocaust is that Israel should always defend itself, Tutu noted that "in South Africa, they tried to get security from the barrel of a gun. They never got it. They got security when the human rights of all were recognized and respected."
The Real Tragedy - Who Killed Yasser Arafat and Why?
Who killed Yasser Arafat? When the Palestinian leader was declared dead in a French hospital on Nov. 11, 2004, there was no way of knowing how questions related to his death should be phrased. Was he killed or did he die from old age? If he was killed, then who killed him and why?
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