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Published: Tuesday, May 13 2014 6:05 p.m. MDT

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Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

It is odd that the Middle East was highlighted as being anti-Semitic. When Christian Europe was expelling and persecuting Jews Moslem countries were welcoming them.

I wonder if somehow the survey has confused anti-Semitism to valid objections of Israel's oppression of the Palestinians?

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

@Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
" When Christian Europe was expelling and persecuting Jews Moslem countries were welcoming them."

Considering that your own country (Saudi Arabia) now doesn't even allow Jews to reside within its borders, it's clear that we aren't welcome there or in numerous other Islamic states. Restricting Jews from entering, residing or worshiping in a country is a pretty good indication of anti-Semitism. Keep in mind that when Jews were welcome in those countries, those countries were also known for intellectual study and scientific research, an enlightened attitude that has long been extinguished by fear and enforced ignorance.

"I wonder if somehow the survey has confused anti-Semitism [with] valid objections [to] Israel's oppression of the Palestinians?"

Read the survey questions for yourself. They're written carefully to avoid that sort of issue.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@Eliyahu:

Given that the Palestinians, who are living under apartheid conditions imposed by the IDF, are ranked as the most anti-semitic country in the world, do you seriously think that their so-called anti-semitism is somehow inspired by the KKK or the Aryan Nations? Do you think. it might be related to a crushing blockade, thleir lands being taken for Israeli settlers, or Israeli settlers bullying shepherds and olive farmers, or a crushing Gas Strip blockade?

I live in Ssudi Arabia. But I am an American, so Saudi Arabia is not my country. Liberty and justice for all is one of my values. It is based on the Old Testament principle that the justice needs to be done to the stranger, i.e. that the laws need to be applied to the politically weak in the same way as they are applied to the politically powerful. That is not happiening in Israel.

Mayfair
City, Ut

Palestinians could learn a lot from Mormon pioneers, who upon being unfairly kicked out of their own homes and communities, got over it and made the best possible life for themselves and their children somewhere else--instead of harboring hate and grudges and attempting to punish those they feel they were wronged by.

While much can be said about Palestinian rights, as well as the rights of Jews to live in their historical homeland, getting over offenses from decades ago and learning to live together in peace and prosperity would sure be a better option than the continued distrust, rancor and hatred that exists in the region now.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

We need to be able to have a rational discussion of the Israeli Palestine conflict without name calling and using the term "anti Semitism" to defame one side.

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