ADL’s Dubious Survey

Keghart.com Editorial, June 1, 2014

Since its release earlier in May, the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) preposterously named "The Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism" has drawn ridicule from a variety of sources for being unscientific and thus invalid.

The jazzy-sounding "Global 100", which claimed that more than a quarter of the world's population is anti-Semitic, has been found wanting in proper methodology and on political grounds. Among the critics are author Norman Finkelstein (a child of Holocaust survivors) and Amira Haas, a leading columnist of the Israeli "Haaretz" newspaper. It has been also criticized as skewed to portray and to enforce Zionist ideology and agenda. Least of the survey's problem is that by interviewing just over 50,000 adults (102 countries in 96 languages), it claims there are more than one billion anti-Semites among us.

Keghart.com Editorial, June 1, 2014

Since its release earlier in May, the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) preposterously named "The Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism" has drawn ridicule from a variety of sources for being unscientific and thus invalid.

The jazzy-sounding "Global 100", which claimed that more than a quarter of the world's population is anti-Semitic, has been found wanting in proper methodology and on political grounds. Among the critics are author Norman Finkelstein (a child of Holocaust survivors) and Amira Haas, a leading columnist of the Israeli "Haaretz" newspaper. It has been also criticized as skewed to portray and to enforce Zionist ideology and agenda. Least of the survey's problem is that by interviewing just over 50,000 adults (102 countries in 96 languages), it claims there are more than one billion anti-Semites among us.

The survey says 0.2% (!) of Laotians are anti-Semitic while that country's next-door neighbor (Vietnam) is 6% anti-Semitic. In the land of "Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite" some 37% of Frenchmen are anti-Semitic compared to a mere 21% in Portugal, a country with a long history of anti-Semitism. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the tiny island of Hispaniola. While 26% of Haiti's population is anti-Semitic, that number amazingly balloons to 41% in next-door Dominican Republic, says the survey. For some mysterious reason, fully 33% of the citizens of Botswana, in the middle of nowhere, are anti-Semitic. Malaysia's percentage is 61%, compared to its neighbor Singapore's 16%. Greece is far more (69%) anti-Semitic than Israel's sworn enemy Iran (56%).

In the Caucasus, Armenia gets the gold medal in the anti-Semitism (58%) competition, according to the inane survey. Azerbaijan's and Georgia's numbers are 37% and 32%. Thus Armenia is almost twice as anti-Semitic as Georgia, says Genocide-denying Abe Foxman's ADL. Extrapolated into population figures, there are 1,300,000 (count them) anti-Semites in Armenia. Who knew?

In an scathing attack on the ADL, Finkelstein wrote: "Most every sane person has come to take anything the Anti-Defamation League utters with a dozen boulders of salt" adding that the organization is trying to cash in on the "ever-burgeoning anti-Semitism industry and still hopes to immunize Israel by labeling legitimate criticism of its policies as motivated by an irrational animus towards Jews."

Peter Lyukimson's below article, which appeared in "Vestnik Kavkaza" (May 27), attacks the Armenian Cultural Society of Israel for accusing the Israeli government of inability to fight anti-Armenian sentiment in the country. Mr. Lyukinson also takes the ADL survey at face value. Despite residing in Israel, he doesn't seem to know that all Christian minorities of the Holy Land–including Armenians–have a very difficult time under Israeli Occupation.

In YNETnews.com (May 30), Palestinian Farid Jubran addressed the difficulties Christians in Israel face. "A minority of a minority , [it is] exposed to waves of hatred," he said and cited an Israeli member of the Knesset who tore the New Testament in the Knesset while uttering words of incitement. The firing of gunshots inside churches, the setting of fire in monasteries, the spray-painting of malicious graffiti on monastery walls, the slashing of Christians' car tires were other examples of anti-Christian acts in Israel, said Mr. Jubran.

He also mentioned religious Jews spitting on monks, Jews shattering Christian gravestones, and death threats to bishops and to Christian community leaders. "The government stands by idly and utters a few words of condemnation…restricts the Churches' activities immensely by imposing a strict and discriminating regime of visas for Christian clerics. A priest who wishes to stay in Israel in order to serve in one of the Christians communities will be forced to undergo a humiliating via dolorosa on the part of the authorities until he receives the stay permit, if at all," wrote Mr. Jubran and pointed out that the nature, identity and autonomy of Christian schools are constantly undermined by the Israeli authorities.

To neutralize the criticism of the Armenian Cultural Society's accusations against the Israeli authorities, Mr. Lyukimson luxuriates in spreading the anti-Armenian misinformation of the ADL survey. While it's irrational to claim that there's no anti-Semitism in Armenia, what little that exists is surely a result of Israel's execrable policies towards the Armenian people, rather than a racial or religious hostility.

For years Israel has been selling sophisticated weapons and electronic gadgetry to Azerbaijan. The latter not only threatens Armenia on a regular basis but it frequently sends soldiers across the border to kill Armenians. Israeli soldiers also train the Azeri military.

Israel refuses to recognize the Genocide of Armenians, although it should have been the first state to have recognized the vast tragedy which preceded the Holocaust by 25 year. Israel, through its lobby in the US, regularly throttles the passing of resolutions recognizing the Genocide. Putting politics ahead of morality, a state which was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, does Turkey's dirty work in Washington with offensive eagerness and alacrity.

Despite ADL's assertion that 37% of Azerbaijan is anti-Semitic, a few days ago Arye Gut, board member of the Azerbaijan-Israel International Association, said to the "Baku Post": "Azerbaijan is the most tolerant country in the world and a true model of intercivilizational and interreligious dialogue." And back in November, Gut said: "There has never been anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan." Whew.

ADL mouthpiece Mr. Lyukimson should read about Russian Jews who, for decades, sought sanctuary from Soviet anti-Semitism in tolerant Armenia. He should also read about the frequent intermarriage between Soviet Armenians and Soviet Jews. The two nations found each other sympathetic. Meanwhile a discredited lobbying organization, with the misnomer that it fights defamation, is trying to sow hostility between the two nations.

The ADL and Mr. Lyukimson are barking at the wrong tree.

 

4 comments
  1. Anti-Defamation League Survey

    There is imprecision about the word "anti-Semitic", as Semites also include Phoenicians (the ancestors of the Maronites), the Assyrians, the Chaldeans, the Syriacs, the Melkites and also the Copts. These people deserve more sympathy than the Hebrew branch as their persecutions sees no end, their land stolen and no way to remedy. As for Armenians being, I take it from the survey as anti-Jews, rather than anti-Semitic in the real sense, because the ADL is hijacking the term Semites as if only the Jews should be called Semites and bugger the rest. That percentage is probably too low. Yes, most Armenians suspect Israel as being a friend of Turkey. It does not recognize the Genocide and supplies arms to Azerbaijan to kill Armenians and steal Armenian lands. Is there a surprise, then, if Armenians register only 58% in that survey? A lot of hogwash to justify the non-recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the ADL. After all, the Genocide did happen, and who needs their blessings and recognition? If this is a game, two can play at it. But Armenians have always recognized the Jewish Genocide, to our credit as gentlemen and persons of honor.

  2. Israel

    The elected Armenian Patriarch is not recognized by the Israeli government because he appealed to the the Knesset to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

    Even a survey is used as political weapon by desperate people using desperate means.

  3. ADL’s Dubious Survey

    The ADL and Mr. …..must be ashamed of acccusing Armenians and many people around the world of anti-Semitism. The truth is exactly the opposite. The ADL is losing its mind calling Arabs anti-Semites. How can they say that when Arabs are Semites?

    As you can see from the comments of Farid Jubran, no one on this Earth hates the Christians as much as the Jewish Semites, starting with the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ who cured the sick and brought the dead to life.

    Jews call non-Jews "Goy". It is like the Turkish word "Gyavur" for Christians.

    During the Second World War, my grand mother Dikranouhi Hairaebedian saved the lives of many Jews by giving them safe passage from the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem through the Armenian Quarter
    and then to the Zion Gate and Israel. I am sure if she had known that in the future instead of of thanking us on their knees they were going to mistreat us, she would not have helped them.

    Nicolai Romashuk Hairabedian

  4. Foxman and the ADL 

    To Abe Foxman and the ADL truth is of no importance; politics is. Foxman is prepared to toy around with facts the same way he manipulates (more correctly, makes up) statistics. His attitude towards the Armenian Genocide, which has been supported by many Jewish scholars, his longtime siding with the Turkish claims, his playing with words like "tantamount" for a non-Jewish suffering, all point to the fact that the man and his organization are obsessed with their own agenda, and damned any truth that crosses their way. It's all about politics, with not a single grain of veracity in it. Such a person and/or organization needs to be accepted for what it is, a political lobby with a singular agenda, ready to make any outrageous claim to achieve its aim. Their unmentioned motto is "the end justifies any means. As for truth, it be damned". 

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