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The first ever major survey of American Muslim communities found widespread anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism among the nation’s Muslim population, an important finding that could boost support for greater engagement with American Muslim leaders.

While the general population of Americans is split on whether there’s anything wrong with Muslims and Jews living and interacting in harmony on U.S. soil, a series of surveys indicates that a large portion of Muslims are less enthusiastic about interfaith cooperation than U.S. Muslims generally are.

The survey of more than 1,000 Muslims was conducted over the past few months by the Institute on Religion and Democracy at Brandeis University. It was commissioned by the Council on American Islamic Relations, an advocacy group that advocates on behalf of U.S. Muslims around the world.

“These surveys show that there are real tensions in a lot of the religious groups,” said the survey’s principal author, Sari Horwitz, the group’s director. “Not just between Muslims and Jews, but between those Muslims and Jews and Muslims.”

While the number of Muslims surveyed did not represent all U.S. Muslims, the findings should reflect wider concern from American Muslims, Horwitz said.

“These are people who are not only Muslim but are also U.S. citizens and they have a right to be part of the conversation about how society should handle Muslims,” she said. “It may be that the only solution to this tension is for people in the Muslim community to be more engaged.”

But the U.S. Muslim community is not immune, especially with respect to anti-Semitism, she noted.

The results indicate that a majority of American Muslims are also anti-Semitic, as are members of the Arab and Muslim communities, a major finding that could boost the case for more engagement with Muslim advocacy groups.

“The U.S. government can do something to counter what has occurred in the Muslim community,” Horwitz said. “The U.S. Muslim community needs a role model on how to deal with anti-Semitism.”

Other significant findings revealed concern about the safety and health of U.S. Muslims as well as a general ambivalence about interfaith cooperation — two main components of U.S. Islam and U.S. multiculturalism.

The polling sample included respondents who are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Orthodox, Muslim, or a follower of any other faith. All had previously come to a mosque on a regular basis,

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