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European Group Takes Wraps Off Study Linking Muslims and Anti-Semitism

Responding to criticism from Jewish groups, European lawmakers and others, a European Union institute has made available the text of a previously withheld report that lays a major share of the blame for the much noted rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe with Arab and Muslim extremists. The institute, the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, commissioned the study on anti-Semitism from the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University in Berlin. However, the center decided against publishing the study, partly on the ground that it stigmatized entire Muslim or Arab communities in Europe for what it called “the acts of individuals or fringe elements within those groups.” That decision provoked strong protests and critical editorial comment in Europe. In deciding to release the report on Thursday, the monitoring center, created by the European Union in 1997 and based in Vienna, reiterated its finding that in its current form it “is not fit for publication,” but that the center was making it available in electronic form “in the interests of transparency.” Full Story

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