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Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev Aug. 19, 2007.
Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev Aug. 19, 2007.
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Doug Saunders

Four surprising facts about global anti-Semitism

The headline figure is sadly unsurprising: There is a lot of bigotry in the world. But the fine print reveals something more interesting: The bigotry is not found where you’d expect it.

As many as a quarter of the world’s adults hold anti-Semitic views, according to a large-scale new worldwide survey conducted for the Anti-Defamation League, which found that 26 per cent of people agreed with at least 6 of 11 statements that could be construed as anti-Jewish. The figures varied widely internationally, ranging from 80 to 90 per cent in most Arab states to under 10 per cent in Britain, Southeast Asia and the United States (Canada registered 14 per cent).