The Daily Fix: One in Four Adults Is Anti-Semitic, Wildfires Rage in California, and Disease Breaks Out Among Unvaccinated Amish

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Jewish children, survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, appear behind barbed wire, Poland, February 1945. (Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
 

 

May 15, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

A global poll of more than 50,000 people has uncovered a distressing prejudice: 26 percent of adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

Surveyors from the Anti-Defamation League spoke to adults in 106 countries to arrive at the shocking finding that more than one in four of the world's adults were anti-Semitic, The New York Times reported. Only 54 percent of respondents had ever heard of the Holocaust.

The survey presented respondents with 11 stereotypes about Jews and found the negative stereotype most widely believed is "Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/the countries they live in."

Anti-Semitic attitudes were most prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa, with war-torn hot spots reporting the worst numbers: 93 percent of respondents in the West Bank and Gaza and 92 percent of Iraqis voiced anti-Semitic beliefs.

In Europe, Greeks voiced more anti-Semitic views than any other country—69 percent of adults.

The number in the U.S.? Nine percent.

In other news...

  • Never Forget: President Barack Obama was in New York Thursday to speak at the opening of the 9/11 memorial built at the site of the World Trade Center. The monument will be open to the public next Wednesday, but families were invited to visit today. For those of us marking the day from afar, The New York Times has this collection of artifacts.
  • Nuke Money: The Energy Department has quietly told utilities all over America to stop collecting a little fee we've been paying, because they haven't figured out how to spend the $31 billion that has amassed to dispose of nuclear waste. What's alarming: The government has failed to figure out how to get rid of 70,000 metric tons of highly radioactive waste, so it's just accumulating at 100 nuclear reactors across the country. (via Los Angeles Times)
  • Young Guns: The NRA has launched a new Web series targeting Millennials called Noir, starring Colion Noir, a YouTube star. He famously told audiences last Martin Luther King Day that the reverend loved guns despite dying of gun violence. (via Gawker)
  • Wildfires Rage in California: Multiple fires are raging in San Diego County (and elsewhere in California), where a three-year drought has made ample tinder of countless acres of wild land. Evacuations have been ordered for thousands, and at least 22 homes were destroyed in San Marcos. (via U-T San Diego)
  • Amish Disease Outbreaks: A minumum of 73 cases of measles have been reported among Ohio's Amish, which health officials believe is a result of unvaccinated missionaries traveling to the Philippines and carrrying back the illness. (via UPI)
  • A Very Old Young Lady: Divers off the Yucatan Peninsula have found a 15-year-old's body that is more than 12,000 years old—and the girl they've named Naia may help reveal the origins of the earliest Americans. (via Science)

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