Anti-Semitism in the United States – Is it Going UP? NO! According to a survey conducted by ADL

According to the Anti-Defamation League survey, only 12% [1]of American people hold anti-Semitic views.  This is down from 29%, 45 years ago.  Is this survey credible?  The survey can have a margin of plus or minus 2.8% statistical error.  However, the study does indicate that anti-Semitic views are at an all time low.  We should be jumping for joy, right?  Not so fast!   There is another side of the story.    On October 29, 2009, a Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood, California experienced a non-fatal shooting of 2 men who arrived at the synagogue for their morning prayers.  Although violence in America targeting Jewish people has diminished, 12% of those who hold anti-Semitic views can be as many as 30 million individuals. It appears that anti-Semitism is not likely to go away anytime soon.   As result of the shooting, schools and other communal institutions were on high alert for the possibility of continued violence toward Jewish people. The crimes unit in Los Angeles is still investigating the shooting, at this time is not totally clear whether the motive was anti-Semitism or a random act of violence, such as robbery.  According to the Anti-Defamation League; there is growing statistics that point  clearly to the fact that Jewish people are targeted most frequently than any other religious groups.  For example, in Los Angeles, California nearly 74% [2]of religious hate crimes are perpetuated against Jews.  Overall, there has been a significant decrease in anti-Semitism in the United States.  In addition, statistics does show that hate crimes that are motivated by religion, disproportionately target Jews more frequently than any other religious group.

I am not being cynical or distrustful regarding the survey.  Rather, I am cautiously optimistic that racism against Jews is becoming less frequent.  However, any violence towards a specific racial or religious group cannot be tolerated at any level.  Some individuals in the Jewish community are still cautious citing, discrimination has simply become less “blatant”.


[1] Jewish World – Ynet news.com

[2] Anti-Defamation League – Response to California Synagogue Shooting

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~ by debra4messiah on November 6, 2009.

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