In Germany, more than 50 percent of the asylum seekers in Bavaria hold antisemitic prejudices. According to a study by the Hanns Seidel foundation – a think tank affiliated with the Christian Social Union party in the southern state of Bavaria -- approximately 800 refugees were polled during 2016 from the Bavarian cities of Nuremberg, Poing und Pliening. They come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, and Syria.
 
“More than half of Muslim asylum seekers showed clear tendencies of an antisemitic attitude pattern,” wrote the authors of the 201-page study. 
 
The study asked if “Jews have too much influence in the world.” Of the Syrians polled, 52 percent answered yes. In the case of Iraqis, 53 percent agreed. Among Afghans, almost 60 percent believe Jews wield too much influence over the world. However, Eritreans -- who come from a Christian-majority country -- only 5.4 percent hold that view. Some of the Eritreans recalled that they knew of the Jewish people through their familiarity with the Bible.
 
Among native Germans, only 20 percent held to the idea of Jewish influence. However, a new study released by the German government found that 40 percent of Germans hate Israel.
 
According to the Hanns Seidel study, “the decisive factor that explains antisemitic opinions is one’s religious group. Antisemitism in all age groups and educational background of Muslim asylum seekers,” is anchored in the educational system of the refugees’ countries of origin. A Syrian refugee named Mustafa said that “In Syria we were taught to hate Jews a little bit. The government presented Jews as bad [people] who kill...”
 
A report by the German intelligence agency found in 2015 that official government sources have a sour opinion of migrants. The report stated: “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab antisemitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.” The outlook for Germany’s future was grim, according to the study: “German security agencies... will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the arising reactions from the Germany’s population.”
 
Over the last two years, Germany has accepted nearly 1.5 million refugees. Some opinion polls show that the German public wants other countries to take in more refugees. Neighboring Poland has refused to take in more than a handful, as is the case with Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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