We have noticed you are using an ad blocker
To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.
To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.
A worldwide survey of anti-Semitic views released by a leading Jewish organisation has found that Greece is the most anti-Semitic country in Europe.
Greece, the cradle of democracy, recorded a result in the Anti-Defamation League poll of 69% of respondents saying they were anti-Semitic. The result, which the league called disturbing, put Greece near the level as many Middle East and North African countries, which had the highest concentration of respondents with anti-Semitic views - 74%.
Greece's anti-Semitic proportion was significantly higher than that of Iran, which scored 56% and was at the bottom of Middle East-North Africa countries for anti-Semitic feeling.
The survey was conducted on 53,100 adults in 102 countries and an 11-question index - which included classical stereotypes about Jewish power, loyalty, money and business - was used as a key metric in measuring attitudes hostile to Jews.
Those who answered "probably true" to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews were listed as holding anti-Semitic attitudes.
Among the major findings were that just over a quarter of those surveyed - 26% - "harbour anti-Semitic attitudes representing an estimated 1.09 billion adults around the world", according to the ADL.
The least anti-Semitic country was Laos (0.2%); at the other end of the spectrum, the West Bank and Gaza returned a 93% negative result. The most widely accepted anti-Semitic stereotype was revealed as "Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/the country they live in".
But it is the finding in Greece that surprised the ADL campaigners the most.
"It is a reflection of the political and economic instability, as well as of the growth of a neo-Nazi party [Golden Dawn]," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL.
Golden Dawn won 18 seats in the 300-strong Greek parliament in June 2012, gaining support amid Greece's economic crisis and growing unemployment. Since then, the Greek government has launched a crackdown on the party, lifting immunity on MPs accused of criminal activities following the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, nicknamed Killah P.
Six Golden Dawn MPs, including leader Nikos Michaloliakos, are in custody awaiting trial for murder, arson and extortion.