According to Wiki, the level of anti-Semitism in the UK is "low" at about 2.4% but that could potentially account for a fair proportion of the deniers.I saw this story and was initially incredulous at the stupidity involved. However, on closer inspection the poll was of 2000 UK adults so 1 in 20, or 5% = 100 people.
Also, what were their ages? Their educational backgrounds? Their political beliefs?
Sadly, I think a certain level of ignorance is inevitable as we move further and further away from the concept of the Holocaust being a real life event to just something in the history books.
And Holocaust deniers are very weird people....
It does not help matters when some consider that any criticism of Israel and it's policies as to be antisemitic.Today there are whole races, countries and religions are at odds with the Jewish faith and people. Israel is not recognised by some and even omitted from official maps.
But it is just not them - throughout history going back to medieval times at least there has been a pretty widespread dislike and persecution of Jews - by many countries including pretty much all of Europe (Britain included). And I can believe that in some that sentiment has been passed on through the generations and malingers.
And with the ongoing conflict, the combatants are commonly portrayed by the media as ‘poor innocent Palestinians’ and ‘evil Israelis’.
I can’t believe that anyone with an ounce of intelligence could deny the holocaust. More likely, I think some respondents have rephrased the question in their heads to “do you like Jews”.
Not sure if that was meant at me, probably not. But for the record, I appreciate the difference. However, I do agree that I do see behaviour where they are all rolled up and considered the same thing.It does not help matters when some consider that any criticism of Israel and it's policies as to be antisemitic.
No one is making that an excuse. But you can’t stop less-informed people from making a connection. What proportion of people in the UK do you think have read the IHRA.Some may, but then they’d be wrong. The IHRA definition definitely allows for criticism of Israel. Please don’t make that an excuse.
If Israel were singled out, when you consider all the crap going on all over the world by a large number of countries, then I'd suggest 'If the shoe fits.'No one is making that an excuse. But you can’t stop less-informed people from making a connection. What proportion of people in the UK do you think have read the IHRA.
But they do see news reports on the same day from Benjamin Netanyahu attacking Jeremy Corbyn over anti-semitism and heavy handed responses against Palastine by Israel. The two things are talked about by the prime minister of Israel in the same breath. Little wonder than some people link the two.
Update - and as if on cue
World Para Swimming Championships: Malaysia stripped of hosting 2019 event
Malaysia bans Israel because of it’s poor treatment of Palastians.
Israel’s Foreign Minister respinds accusing Malaysia of anti-semitism.
Any wonder why people think of the two issues as the same.
Not sure I have understood properly. Are you saying that becuase one country chose to single out Israel as opposed to all the other possible countries then they must have a valid point?If Israel were singled out, when you consider all the crap going on all over the world by a large number of countries, then I'd suggest 'If the shoe fits.'