Antisemitism in the United States

A protest against Jews, held by the Westboro Baptist Church

Antisemitism has existed for centuries in the United States. Most Jewish community relations agencies in the United States draw distinctions between antisemitism, which is measured in terms of attitudes and behaviors, and the security and status of American Jews, which are both measured by the occurrence of specific incidents. FBI data shows that in every year since 1991, Jews were the most frequent victims of religiously motivated hate crimes, according to a report which was published by the Anti-Defamation League in 2019.[1] Evidence suggests that the true number of hate crimes against Jews is underreported, as is the case for many other targeted groups.[2] In an attempt to combat anti-Semitism, the Biden administration launched[3] the United States’ first-ever comprehensive U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism on May 25, 2023.

Public opinion surveys paint a mixed picture. According to a survey which was conducted by the Anti-Defamation League in 2019, antisemitism is rejected by a majority of Americans, with 79% of them lauding Jews' cultural contributions to the nation, however, the same poll found that 19% of Americans adhered to the longstanding antisemitic canard that Jews co-control Wall Street,[4] and 31% agreed with the statement "Jewish employers go out of their way to hire other Jews".[5]

  1. ^ "ADL Urges Action After FBI Reports Jews Were Target of Most Religion-Based Hate Crimes in 2018". Anti-Defamation League.
  2. ^ Pink, Aiden (August 17, 2020). "Colleges express outrage about anti-Semitism— but fail to report it as a crime". The Forward. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  3. ^ Launch of U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, retrieved 2023-07-24
  4. ^ "ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes on rise in USA". The Jerusalem Post. November 3, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Antisemitic Attitudes in the U.S.: A Guide to ADL's Latest Poll". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2021-02-09.

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