I recently had an interesting exchange with a Jewish reader concerning his perception of America’s growing hostility toward Jews. He expressed a desire to leave the US for Israel or somewhere in Europe. I do not mean to impugn the validity of his personal experience, but I remain unconvinced. To the extent that there is a nascent anti-Jewish undercurrent gaining strength in the US, immigration is fueling it:
One of the most important findings of ADL’s 2002 Survey of Anti-Semitism in America concerns Hispanic Americans, one of the most significant and fastest growing segments of the American population, in which the poll found an extraordinary gap between those born in the United States and those born abroad. The survey revealed that while 44% of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs, 20% of Hispanic Americans born in the U.S. fall into the same category.
Yet Foxman smears immigration reformists and opposes HR4437:
According to the ADL report, “extremist groups are seeking to exploit the flow of foreign workers into this country to spread a message of xenophobia, to promote hateful stereotypes and to incite bigotry and violence against Hispanics, regardless of their status as citizens.” …
To make that point, [Foxman] said the ADL would be disseminating the report widely on Capitol Hill at a moment when Congress is wrestling with a controversial immigration reform bill.
After accusing everyone from Tom Tancredo to Bill O’Reilly of being hate-mongering racists, Foxman expresses fear that white America’s immigration truculence will be turned on American Jews in short order. White Americans are not specifically identified in the previously excerpted ADL release:
The findings in brief … Strongly anti-Semitic:
17% of Americans
35% of Hispanics [44% foreign-born Hispanics; 20% of Hispanics born in the US]
35% of African-Americans
3% of U.S. college and university students
Why no white breakdown? Extrapolating from these numbers reveals that only 12% of whites hold “hardcore antisemitic” beliefs. Digging into the actual report (p13) turns up the finding that “as a person’s educational level increases, his or her tendency to hold anti-Semitic views decreases by 15%.” Hispanic immigrants are far more anti-Semitic than other demographic groups–even more so than the black community, which wages a perpetual battle with Jews over who is the most oppressed and which also represents a large segment of the Islamic community in the US. Hispanics in the US are also far less likely to be college educated than whites.
Why, then, does Foxman want to increase the number and proportion of groups most hostile to Jews? He is, from a Jewish perspective, rightly concerned about Latin America’s antagonistic attitude toward Jews:
It is not surprising yet very distressing that one of the fastest growing segments in America holds strongly anti-Semitic views,” said Mr. Foxman. “There is no doubt that this is a reflection of what is being learned about Jews in the schools, churches and communities of Hispanic nations, which is anti-Semitism at its most basic. We need to re-focus our efforts on reaching out to these groups in addition to the larger American public.”
Let me try to make sense of this by humbly modifying Steve Sailer’s consternation over a similarly illogical non-sequitur. Anti-Semitic sentiment is endemic in Latin America and nearly half of all foreign-born Hispanics are virulently anti-Semitic. Therefore, American Jews should support bringing another twenty million of these folks in?
According to a recent Zogby poll, they do–or at least they are less opposed to doing so than the rest of America. While only 2% of the country believes immigration levels are currently too low, 14% of Jews hold that position. And it’s not just because they’re rich–among those with annual incomes exceeding $75,000, only 1% believe immigration is too scant. Even more startling, 64% of Jews favor the Senate’s amnesty proposal over deportation or HR4437–that’s higher than Hispanics (54%), Progressives (47%), and people with incomes over $75,000 (33%).
I wish I better understood Jewish cerebration on demographics. It strikes me as quite irrational. My Jewish friend worries that anti-Semitism in the US is on the upswing and that Europe is the better place for an Ashkenazi to be. I wonder to what extent favorable opinions of Israel proxy for favorability of Jews in general. In an EU poll conducted in 2003, 59% of Europeans listed Israel as the greatest threat to world peace and stability.
Meanwhile, support for Israel in the US–historically always having been higher than the rest of the developed world–has spiked to 68% favorable, 23% unfavorable according to a Gallup poll conducted in February of this year. Corresponding to the rise in support for Israel has been a precipitous decline in America’s perception of Islam. A CBS poll last month showed 45% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Islam (compared to just 19% favorable). Parenthetically, favorability toward Judaism runs at 47% compared to only 16% unfavorable–considerably more positive than the opinion of “fundamentalist” Christianity, which comes in at an even 31% favorable, 31% unfavorable.
Jews need to realize that much of the world detests them for a menagerie of reasons (economic and intellectual successes, religion, culture, etc) but that the US–at least a US composed of white goyim–does not. Because of a large (but shrinking) middle class, America celebrates economic success more than anywhere else in the world save maybe Hong Kong.
Purely out of self-interest, Jews should adamantly work to preserve America’s traditional ethnic makeup–an America that has supported Israel at great expense to herself. An increased number of Hispanic voters will truncate America’s tenacious support of Israel and increase hostility toward Jews in the US (due to both direct hostility and also to an augmenting of the wealth gap with Jews on one side and Hispanics on the other).