22.2 percent of Irish would deny citizenship to Israelis. Ireland, J’accuse!
May 29, 2011 29 Comments
This is the saddest, sickest thing I have read all day. From IrishCentral, a left-leaning website aimed at Irish in America:
More than one in five Irish people would exclude Israelis from Irish citizenship, according to recent research on ethnic and religious attitudes in Ireland.
As a group, Israelis had one of the lowest favorable ratings among the Irish, ranking 44th out of 51 categories.
In the study “Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland,” the author Father Father Micheál Mac Gréil, a Jesuit priest and sociologist, found that while 22.2% of Irish would stop Israelis from becoming naturalized citizens, 11.5% would deny the privilege from all Jews.
“There is a real danger that the public image of ‘Israeli’ can lead to an increase in anti-Semitism,” Mac Gréil told The Irish Catholic newspaper.
Prejudice against Jews was strongest in the 18-25 age group, with 53.6% of this group saying they would be willing to accept a Jewish person into their family, versus 60.7% of Irish people of all ages.
Only 47.9% of Irish would accept an Israeli into their family.
The Jewish population in the Republic of Ireland is less than 2,000 out of a total of 4.5 million, says the Jewish Journal.
The fact that the prejudice is worse among young people shows just how the universities in Ireland are failing to live up the the values universities are supposed to be a beacon for. When we hear about bans placed on speakers who defend Israel in Norway’s universities, it may not be much better in other European countries. The IPSC and similar groups can certainly pat themselves on the back. I have no problem pointing to Amnesty International, The Irish Times, Ireland’s universities, Sinn Féin, Eirigi, the SWP, the IAWM and saying: you helped this happen. You are the reason almost half of Irish youngsters would not accept a Jew in their family. You are the reason over one in five don’t want Israelis in their country. You are not only the enemies of the Jewish people, but of all humanity in our time. You are responsible for what can only be described as the return of classical anti-Semitism to mainstream European opinion today.
Its high-time for the sensible majority of people of Ireland to take their media back, take their universities back, take their parliament back and drive a whole lot of Jew-haters into the Irish sea.
UPDATE (May 31st): It seems these statistics are from a book being published on June 30th this year, yet based on research done in 2007-8. Thus, they will not reflect any hostility generated by propaganda or emotion relating to the Operation Cast Lead, the now retracted Goldstone Report, or Ireland’s dispute with Israel over the use of Irish passports in covert ops.