Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mexican immigrants are the most anti-Semitic: Surveys show that most Jews are immigration enthusiasts. Critics argue that America is importing a lot of people who are tilting the country in an anti-Semitic direction. But not all immigrant groups are equal. Let's see what light the General Social Survey can shed on this question. People were asked how much they liked Israel with answers ranging from 0 for "like very much" to 9 for "dislike very much." It's not the perfect measure of anti-Semitism, but it's the best I could find with an adequate sample size. Here are the mean scores for immigrants from each country (or region):

Anti-Israel mean score

Mexico 4.55
Africa 4.45
Germany 4.25
China 3.87
Italy 3.87

All Immigrants 3.84

Puerto Rico 3.84
England/Wales 3.58
Spain 3.06

As some people have suggested, Mexicans are anti-Israel, as are Africans. The sample sizes for many countries are too small to list estimates, but Europe, even Eastern Europe, is generally pro-Israel. (Eastern Europeans are probably pro-Israel because many immigrants are Jewish). Japanese and Indian immigrants are anti-Israel, as is the small sample of Arabs. There is a correlation between being a white immigrant and being pro-Israel: white immigrants average 3.73; blacks, 4.20; and others, 3.90.


  1. Anonymous4:58 AM

    It's anecdotal story time!

    I once parked my car in a public parking lot in Baltimore and, when I went to get my ticket from the Ethiopian manager, he took one look at me and said, in a heavy accent, "You are Israeli?"

    "No, I'm an American," I said innocently.

    "Yes, but your family, they are from Israel?"

    "No," I said. "They originally came from Italy."

    "Italy? Like, Rome?"

    "Uh... Rome is a city in Italy, yes. So yeah, like Rome."

    At this point he flashed me a big, sincere smile and happily handed over the ticket, glad, I can only imagine, that I wasn't a Jew.

  2. Some have wondered why Jews would support the immigration of Muslims. One reason would be that another religion could be added to the list of "American" religions. This would decrease the dominance of Christianity (no matter the actual numbers, Hispanic Christians clearly outnumber Muslims among recent immigrants) and hence make Jews (and Christians) just "one of the group of religions".

  3. Anonymous8:11 AM

    The relatively anti-Israel stance of black immigrants is probably because a good percentage of them are Muslims from West Africa. I wouldn't imagine that Haitians or Jamaicans or other non-Muslim black immigrants are particularly concerned about Israel.

  4. There are plenty of reasons to be displeased with Israel, a nation-state, and have nothing against the Jews, a people. It could be that Mexican and African immigrants don't like "first world bully" countries, that they envy how advanced Israel is, and so on.

    Even a question like "Jews have too much influence over our government" wouldn't detect anti-Semitism, just anti-AIPAC sentiment.

    I'm sure a better worded question wouldn't turn up surprising results, like blacks and Muslims being the most anti-Semitic, though.

  5. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Anecdotal as well, but American blacks seem to me to be pretty anti-semitic. Some of the comments I've heard from blacks at work have been pretty over the top. But the fact that so many Jews support this mass immigration seems almost suicidal to me. When a critical mass of muslims is reached, then watch out. There was already a synagogue vandalized in Chicago and there was Arabic grafitti. The press chalked it up to "misguided kids" or maybe skinheads or the klan. Yeah, sure.

  6. Yeah, all those skinheads who majored in Arabic! Lol.

  7. Ron,

    Check out this report from the ADL. Although the discontent with Israel is there, Latin American anti-Semitism runs a lot deeper than that. When Chavez thunders on about those who killed Christ, he's not referring only to the Zionists.

    A few essentials from the ADL report:

    "One of the most important findings of ADL's 2002 Survey of Anti-Semitism in America concerns Hispanic Americans, one of the most significant and fastest growing segments of the American population, in which the poll found an extraordinary gap between those born in the United States and those born abroad. The survey revealed that while 44% of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs, 20% of Hispanic Americans born in the U.S. fall into the same category."

    The percentage of people in each group who gave responses the ADL deemed strongly anti-Semitic:

    17% nationally
    35% of Hispanics [44% for foreign-born, 20% for native-born]
    35% of blacks
    12% of non-Hispanic whites

  8. Anonymous7:08 PM

    For a people with a mean IQ of 115, Jews can be amazingly stupid.

  9. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Speaking of over-the-top black conspiracy theories, you should watch this New Orleans public access show with Austrian-anarchist economist Walter "Defending the Undefendable" Block. I'm impressed he keeps his cool with all the nuttery going on, and I felt a little bad for the by all appearances sane woman on the show. At one point a caller starts rambling on about Jesuits, and it just warmed my heart to know that classic (the Protocols of Zion were originally about them) conspiracy theory was still going on. I bet if the founders of the Anti-Masonic party were revived and made to watch it they would say themselves "People still believe in that stuff?"

  10. The term "Anti-Semite" is an oxymoron when referring to the majority of Jews -- 95% of them are WHITE! They don't have a drop of Semitic DNA in their blood. The Palestinians are the ones who are Semites -- they have dark-toned skin, black hair, & brown eyes.

  11. Janie: You shouldn't make comments like that without any actual resources. If you actually do your research, you'll find that during an enormous study, DNA samples were taken from all Jewish groups in the world, from Africa - Eastern Europe, Arab countries, the U.S., etc.... DNA was also taken from the non-Jewish locals of the region and findings showed that there was actual differences between the DNA of almost all Jewish groups and their countryfolk (Ethiopia makes me say almost)... AND it turns out that this difference is shared by every Jewish community (not Ethiopians) and links them all to one common route... That of course being a Semitic one.

    That and of course, whining over misnomers is so petty. Fag also is a bundle of sticks, but if I call someone that, I can't claim I'm not insulting their sexual orientation. Anti-Antisemitism was coined about a century ago and it meant anti-Jew because where it was used, there were no other Semites.

    Knowledge is power, my friend.

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