According to American University professor Hillary Mann Leverett, anti-Semitism doesn’t exist in the Middle East.
The Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service recently appeared on MSNBC and claimed that since she has personally seen a Jewish hospital and kosher restaurants in Iran, the idea that anti-Semitism exists in the Middle East is false.
“There is not this deep-seated Arab-Jewish or — you know, Muslim-Jewish animosity. There’s not an anti-Semitism in the Middle East the way that there was in Europe, which is based on race; which is based on colour; which is based on genes and biology,” Leverett said in her segment on Melissa Harris-Perry. “That doesn’t exist in the Middle East. There’s no history of that in the Middle East.”
The top 10 worst countries for anti-Semitism among inhabitants include: the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan.
Public figures from the Middle East have been extremely outspoken about their anti-Semitic beliefs, including Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi and Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran’s current Supreme Leader also denies the Holocaust while candidly proclaiming his anti-Semitic views.
According to Leverett’s faculty page, her research primarily focuses on “[p]olitics and international relations of the Muslim world, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and Asia, diplomacy, international negotiation, and conflict resolution.”
The foreign policy professor is a Fulbright Scholar as well as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, and has made multiple media appearances regarding Iranian politics.
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