Washington Post’s racism map omits Israel

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The Washington Post has published “A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries,” and it lives up to its billing, it’s fascinating. Arab and Muslim countries are revealed to be intolerant, and Israel is out of the picture!

The Washington Post’s findings are based on an academic study of 65 countries. Here’s the Post graphic illustrating national responses to the following issue:

“Share that answered, ‘People of another race’ when asked to pick from groups of people they would not want as a neighbor.”

The United States scores under 5 percent. Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Balkans, France and Turkey all score in the 20s and 30s.

There is ample evidence that Israelis would register on this scale. Nearly half of Israeli Jews oppose having Arab neighbors, according to an Israeli news site.

But Israel is not counted in this map. Nor is Palestine, for that matter. Our guide to racism at the Washington Post, Max Fisher writes:

Here’s what the data show:

• Anglo and Latin countries most tolerant. People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and in Latin America…

• The Middle East not so tolerant. Immigration is also a big issue in this region, particularly in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which often absorb economic migrants from poorer neighbors.

The map is based on a Swedish study about whether economic freedom makes societies more tolerant. And though Fisher raises an eyebrow over the fact that Pakistan scored well on tolerance, he has not a word to say about Israel.

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