News: Two Major Surveys Released on Antisemitism in America

Posted by: Aaron Welcher

October 28, 2021

Antisemitism fears prompted 4 in 10 American Jews to change their behavior last year: AJC survey

Source:   JTA, October 25, 2021

The American Jewish Committee released its annual State of Antisemitism in America report, released on October 25, 2021. It is the largest survey of how Jewish Americans and the general public perceive antisemitism. One of the most concerning numbers in this report is that 40% of American Jews changed their behavior over the past year due to the fear of antisemitism.

Below is an excerpt from a JTA article on the findings:

Other findings are comparable over time, and suggest that much has remained unchanged in American Jewish sentiment. The vast majority of American Jews continue to say that antisemitism is a problem in the United States; antisemitism on college campuses remains a concern for many American Jews; and American Jews continue to say they are more concerned about antisemitism emanating from the extreme right than the extreme left.

 

Half of American Jews say they “extreme political right” poses a “very serious” antisemitic threat, and 91% said they believed the far right poses at least some threat, similar to last year’s finding. In a shift, however, the proportion of American Jews who said they thought “the extreme political left” represents at least a slight antisemitic threat increased sharply, from 61% last year to 71% this year.

Educational Resources on Antisemitism

New study from Hillel and ADL finds a third of students on campus experienced antisemitism in last year

Source:   JTA, October 26, 2021

In August, the Anti-defamation League and Hillel Internation announced a joint partnership to better track the climate of antisemitism on American university campuses, build a college-level curriculum, and gather reports of antisemitic incidents. Their first major joint survey found a third of university students across the United States experienced antisemitism. An earlier article on the partnership shared how ADL and Hillel International are being critical of their qualifications of antisemitism in their reports.

Below is an excerpt from JTA on the recent joint survey and its findings:

Fifteen percent of students who responded to the survey said they had “felt the need to hide” their Jewish identity and 6% said they had felt unwelcome in a campus organization because they were Jewish.

Often, the survey found, students reported being or feeling excluded because of their actual or perceived support for Israel. Conducted online in July and August, the survey captured sentiment shortly after the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in May contributed to a spike in pro-Palestinian activism on college campuses and beyond.

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