Poll: Europeans see Jewish influence

The report released Monday found that significant numbers of people in five European countries continue to hold anti-Jewish stereotypes, said Abraham Foxman, national director of the U.S. group

The survey of 2,714 people in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland found that 51 percent of respondents believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries in which they live.

The statement that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust” was seen as “probably true” by 58 percent of poll respondents in Poland, where many of the World War II Nazi death camps were located. The average for the five countries polled was 47 percent in agreement.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents in Poland also said they somewhat agree or strongly agree that the Jews “are responsible for the death of Christ.” Overall agreement with that statement was 20 percent.

An average of 44 percent of those surveyed said Jews “probably” have too much influence in international financial markets, while close to half believed that “American Jews control U.S. policy in the Middle East,” the report said.

On the Israeli-Arab conflict, a majority of respondents believed Israel had no right to use military force against Lebanon last summer after Hezbollah fighters captured two Israeli soldiers, the report said. More than a third likened Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to that of blacks in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Italy was the only country whose residents expressed more sympathy to Israelis than Palestinians, the report said, though most respondents in all five countries said they supported neither side in the conflict.

As an American, I have a respect for the Polish people — for loathing Communism and for staying the course in the war on terror and in Iraq. In my stand-up routine, as I bemoan the Islamic takeover of Europe, I express interest in visiting Poland, since it’s practically the only country in Europe that hasn’t been taken over by Muslims yet and is the last place in Europe that a Jew can visit safely. Of course, the main tourist attraction is concentration camps.

That’s why, as a Jew, I must appeal to the Poles (and I don’t mean Americans of Polish descent; I mean current-day Poles) to make a decision. Pick whom you’re going to hate more — the Jews or the Muslims. One hopes that the following recent news item will help you make that decision. One hopes.

Palestinian arrested in Poland for al-Qaida links

Poland’s military secret service has arrested a Palestinian man for allegedly having links to the al-Qaida, the Polish Dziennik newspaper reported Monday. The suspect is accused of having received instructions to plan a terror attack in Poland, the daily added.

The Palestinian had already been under surveillance for several days and was arrested late Wednesday night, an intelligence agency employee was quoted as saying.