Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Discrimination against Muslims and Antisemitic Views among Young Muslims in Europe

by Günther Jikeli


Muslims in Europe face discrimination on social, ethnic and religious grounds. They have also been accused of harboring stronger antisemitic attitudes than the general population. This paper is based on interviews with young male Muslims from Paris, Berlin, and London and relates the results to representative surveys. It explores: a) experiences and perceptions of discrimination and exclusion, b) antisemitic views, and c) the relation between them. While young Muslims experience discrimination in all three countries, the perceptions of inclusion and exclusion differ from country to country, shaped by concepts of nationality. Patterns of antisemitism, however, are similar across the three countries. They indicate that sources of antisemitism are multi-faceted and cannot be reduced either to religious influences or to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anti-Muslim discrimination does not seem to be a relevant factor influencing antisemitic attitudes. Other sources are also explored.


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