ADL Survey Shows Iran Least Anti-Semitic Middle East Country

The results of a new survey released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as deplorable as they are, show that Iran is the least anti-Semitic country in the Middle East.

IranNot that the ADL is doing anything to point this out in their just-released report entitled, Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism. This surprising fact can only be uncovered by comparing Iranian responses with those of other Middle Eastern countries.

According to the index scores of the more than 100 countries around the world included in the survey, the most anti-Semitic place on earth is the West Bank and Gaza (93%). Iraq isn’t far behind the Palestinian territories, which are, of course, under Israeli occupation. But Iran doesn’t even make it into the survey’s worldwide top 20 anti-Semitic hotspots.

The first of the eleven statements to which respondents were asked to categorize as “probably true” or “probably false” was Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/to the countries they live in]. While 56% of Iranians responded in the affirmative, in other MENA countries the percentage of respondents agreeing with this assertion were significantly higher:  Saudi Arabia 71%;  Lebanon 72%; Oman 76%; Egypt 78% Jordan 79%; Kuwait 80%; Qatar 80%; UAE 80%; Bahrain 81%; Yemen 81%; Iraq 83%; West Bank and Gaza 83%. (It’s too bad that Israel was not among the countries surveyed. It would be interesting to know what Israelis believe on this point.)

The other indicators of anti-Semitic attitudes were:

Jews have too much power in the business world. Iran  54%;  Saudi Arabia 69%; Oman 72%; Egypt 73%;  UAE 74%; Lebanon 76%; Qatar 75%;  Bahrain 78%;  Jordan 79%; Kuwait 79%; Yemen 82%; Iraq 84%; West Bank and Gaza 91%.

Jews have too much power in international financial markets. Iran  62%; Oman 68%; Egypt 69%;  Saudi Arabia 69%; UAE 71%; Qatar 71%; Jordan 76%;  Bahrain 76%; Lebanon 76%; Kuwait 77%; Yemen 78%; Iraq 85%; West Bank and Gaza 89%.

Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust. Iran 18%; Yemen 16%; Saudi Arabia 22%; Egypt 23%; Kuwait 24%; Lebanon 26%; Jordan 29%;  Iraq 33%;  Oman 42%; UAE 45%; Bahrain 51%; Qatar 52%; West Bank and Gaza 64%.

Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind. Iran 50%; Egypt 68%; Oman 70%; Lebanon 71%; Kuwait 73%; UAE 73%; Saudi Arabia 74%; Jordan 75%;  Qatar 75%;  Bahrain 75%; Iraq 76%; Yemen 80%; West Bank and Gaza 84%.

Jews have too much control over global affairs. Iran 49%; Oman 67%; Saudi Arabia 70%; Egypt 71%; Qatar 73%; UAE 73%; Bahrain 76%; Iraq 77%; Lebanon 77%; Jordan 78%;  Kuwait 80%; Yemen 80%; West Bank and Gaza 88%.

Jews have too much control over the United States government: Iran 61%; Oman 67%; Saudi Arabia 70%; UAE 72%;  Jordan 73%; Lebanon 73%; Qatar 73%; Egypt 74%; Bahrain 77%; Kuwait 78%; Yemen 79%; Iraq 85%; West Bank and Gaza 85%.

Jews think they are better than other people: Iran 52%; Lebanon 61%; Egypt 66%;  Oman 66%; Qatar 67%;  Bahrain 68%; UAE 68%; Saudi Arabia 69%; Kuwait 71%; West Bank and Gaza 72%; Jordan 73%;  Yemen 76%; Iraq 80%.

Jews have too much control over the global media: Iran 55%; Bahrain 61%; Oman 65%; Egypt 69%;  Saudi Arabia 69%; Qatar 70%; UAE 70%; Kuwait 72%; Lebanon 73%; Iraq 77%; Jordan 77%; Yemen 79%; West Bank and Gaza 88%.

Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars: Iran  58%;   Qatar 64%;  Lebanon 65%; Oman 65%;   UAE 65%; Kuwait 66%; Saudi Arabia 66%; Egypt 66%; Jordan 67%;  Bahrain 71%; West Bank and Gaza 78%; Yemen 84%; Iraq 85%.

People hate Jews because of the way Jews behave: Iran  64%; Lebanon 76%; Bahrain 77%;  Kuwait 80%; Egypt 81%; Oman 81%; Iraq 81%: Saudi Arabia 81%; Qatar 82%; UAE 82%; Jordan 84%;  West Bank and Gaza 87%; Yemen 90%.

Iran has a complicated relationship with its Jewish community, and has a long way to go before it can be considered a safe haven for Jews, even if some Persian Jews may disagree. Still, the ADL’s data makes it clear that Iran is not only the least anti-Semitic country in its region, it also scores far better on every one of the ADL’s eleven survey indicators by a statistically significant margin. That’s something worth thinking about.

If I was Islamist terrorist, no one would question my mental state

White extremist complains questions about his sanity are racist

OSLO, Norway (AP) – Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik vehemently defended his sanity after a forensic panel found flaws in a psychiatric report that declared him sane in the eyes of the law.

As the trial for Mr. Breivik’s bomb-and-shooting rampage that killed 77 people entered its second week, the far-right fanatic told a court that he was the victim of a “racist” plot to discredit his ideology. He said no one would have questioned his sanity if he were a “bearded jihadist.”

“I know I’m at risk of ending up at an insane asylum, and I’m going to do what I can to avoid that,” Mr. Breivik said.

Two psychiatric examinations conducted before the trial reached opposite conclusions on whether Mr. Breivik is psychotic—the key issue to be resolved during the trial, since the 33-year-old Norwegian had admitted to the deadly attacks.

But the second of those reports, which found him sane, has not yet been approved by the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine. On April 23, the panel highlighted several shortcomings in that assessment, and requested additional information from the two psychiatrists who wrote it.

In particular, the forensic board said it could not be established whether Mr. Breivik had adjusted his behavior during the examination as part of a strategy to be declared mentally competent.

Paal Groendahl, a forensic psychologist who is not involved with the case but has followed the trial in court, said the panel’s queries underscore the difficulty in assessing Mr. Breivik’s state of mind.

“I don’t think it’s any closer to being resolved,” he said.

If found sane Mr. Breivik would face 21 years in prison, though he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If sentenced to psychiatric care, in theory he would be released once he’s no longer deemed psychotic and dangerous.

Mr. Breivik has admitted to setting off a bomb July 22 that killed eight people outside government headquarters in Oslo and then going on a shooting spree at the Labor Party’s youth camp, killing 69 people. More than half of the victims were teenagers.

He rejects criminal guilt for the rampage, saying the victims had betrayed their country by embracing immigration.

“I see all multicultural political activists as monsters, as evil monsters who wish to eradicate our people, our ethnic group, our culture and our country,” he told the court April 23.

The self-styled crusader apologized to the family of a pub owner who was among the victims in the bomb blast, saying it was not his intention to kill “civilians.”

But he refused to apologize to the families of those killed on Utoya island, where members of the Labor Party’s youth wing had gathered for their annual summer retreat.

“Utoya is a political indoctrination camp,” he said.

Jon Hestnes, who heads a support group for victims’ families and survivors, told The Associated Press it was “gruesome” to listen to Mr. Breivik’s apology but it clearly showed that the man was insane.

Speaking calmly, Mr. Breivik said he used a handgun to kill victims if the distance was less than 10 meters (30 feet). Otherwise he used his rifle.

Asked why he spared one man who survived the shooting spree, Mr. Breivik said he thought it was because the man’s appearance made him look “right wing-oriented.”

“When I looked at him I saw myself,” Mr. Breivik said. “I think that was the reason that I didn’t fire shots at him.”

Mr. Breivik became defensive as prosecutors quizzed him about the 1,500-page manifesto he posted online before the attacks. It describes uniforms, medals, greetings and codes of conduct for the “Knights Templar” militant group that he claims to belong to. Many groups claim the name, but prosecutors don’t believe it exists as Mr. Breivik has described.

In the document, Mr. Breivik speculated that the loyalty of potential knights might be tested by asking them to undergo surgical amputation and castration. Mr. Breivik chastised prosecutor Svein Holden, saying the segment was taken out of context.

Mr. Holden also highlighted a section in which Mr. Breivik described different categories of “martyrdom” operations for Christian militants, and which of them would grant access to heaven.

“It’s not particularly helpful that you’re facilitating my appearing insane by taking things out of context like this,” Mr. Breivik said. “But it’s not irrational, this is a theological debate, and it’s part of our history.”

Mr. Breivik said that had he been an Islamist terrorist, no one would have questioned his mental state.

“But because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to grave racism,” he said. “They are trying to delegitimize everything I stand for.”

Mr. Breivik said he understood the pain he caused the families of those killed on Utoya, comparing their loss to how he lost contact with his own family and friends following the attacks.

“The only difference was that for my part it was a choice,” he said.

The trial is scheduled to go on for several more weeks.

Trapped in Tripoli, Libya’s Tawargans Fume Over Ill Treatment

‘This Is Abu Ghraib, Not Libya!’

The town is gone, virtually burned to the ground and with signs declaring New Misrata all over the place, and a large portion of the adult male population is gone with it, either dead or being held indefinitely in torture centers by Misrata militia forces. The people of Tawarga, however, haven’t entirely disappeared.

And their continued existence remains a major headache for the new Libyan regime, with some 1,500 civilians herded into an abandoned business complex near Tripoli airport and others scattered across the nation, still seething over their town”s destruction.

The Tawargans were descendants of slaves from further south in Africa, brought into Libya in the 18th and 19th century, and they settled in the farming town of Tawarga, just south of Misrata, for generations.

But when the Gadhafi regime fell, black people became persona non grata across Libya, amid claims that the dictator imported a number of African mercenaries to fight for him near the end. The Tawargans were not imported mercenaries, however, but were born in Libya. This made little difference and in the crushing of Gadhafi”s forces, the overwhelmingly black town was sacked and burned. The Tawargans were initially herded into a refugee camp in Tripoli, but then Misrata forces attacked that camp and forced them into a worse camp, which later closed.

For those still alive, the stories are all the same. Everyone has family members killed by the militias, and most still have relatives held in custody in Misrata, where international officials warn torture is rampant.

“This is Abu Ghraib, not Libya!” one Tawargan complained, while others warned that they would fight back if the situation continues. Misrata militia leaders continue to insist that the Tawargans got what they had coming to them, and one Misrata fighter insisted “it’s easier and better that they just go away.With no place to go that doesn’t seem likely, but as crackdowns against them and other “suspiciously dark-skinned” Libyans continue, a backlash seems inevitable.

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