World Growing Less Tolerant of Muslims, Jews: Report
State Dept says anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic sentiments growing
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 3:48 PM CDT
Unidentified women are seen wearing a niqab during a demonstration outside the Dutch parliament in The Hague.   (AP Photo/ Fred Ernst, File)

(Newser) – Anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiments are growing in many countries around the world, according to a new US State Department report. Venezuela, Egypt, and Iran in particular are singled out for anti-Semitism—the report says the Egyptian media engages in Holocaust denial and glorification, while the Iranian government regularly denounces Judaism, the BBC reports. "Even well into the 21st Century, traditional forms of anti-Semitism, such as conspiracy theories, use of the discredited myth of 'blood libel' and cartoons demonizing Jews continued to flourish," the report says.

And across Europe and Asia, discrimination against Muslims is also up, including restrictions on headscarves in schools in India and Belgium, as well as the discrimination of smaller Muslim groups by larger Islamic majorities, such as violence against Shia and Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. "The freedom to profess and practise one's faith—to believe or not to believe, or to change one's beliefs—that is a birthright of every human being," said John Kerry. "I urge all countries, especially those identified in this report, to take action now to safeguard this fundamental freedom."

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Vincebus
May 21, 2013 10:34 PM CDT
everybody or anybody can be a Jew. Even some Israelis aren't Jews! A Jew practices Judaism. Not all Iranians are Muslims or Moslems. They practice Islam. Not all Americans are Christians. Being born in the US doesn't an American make... The articles of Judaism and Islam clash. Proponents of Judaism and Islam roam the world. Egypt and Israel never got along since the days of Pharaohs. Don't expect 'em to start now. It'll never happen.
vlad
May 21, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
have no problem with jews ! islam on the other hand is a blight and a pariah on the land ! many muslims seem to be very good people , the problem is in the fact that their relligion teaches that it is perfectly alright to deceive the "infidel" ! so you can never truly be sure if the man or woman is your friend , or just trying to put the screws to you ! those muslims who really are decent tolerant people are not true followers if islam ! no matter what anyone claims ! read the qu`ran it`s all in there !
Tsunagu
May 21, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
I worked with a woman whose daughter in law was a Muslim from Iran. Her Son worked for the oil industry in Houston and had been sent to Iran on business, where he met his future Wife......On 9-11-01 my co-worker was back in Houston on vacation. She was with her family and was talking about how horrible the attacks were. Her daughter-in-law immediately and calmly began telling everyone that our country was getting what it deserved.....Sort of like that Saudi Prince who gave a big check to Rudy Giuliani, along with a speech about how terrible the US was and how the attacks were payback......If you'll recall, Rudy gave him the check back........This is something I've consistently seen in many Muslims... A "Holier Than Thou" attitude that just won't quit.......Why should they try to change when they see themselves as Superior, and see the rest of the world as "Infidels."