ADL: Number of Americans who believe antisemitic stereotypes doubles since 2019

A sign for a campaign against antisemitism, New York City, August 12, 2021. (Luke Tress/Flash90)
A sign for a campaign against antisemitism, New York City, August 12, 2021. (Luke Tress/Flash90)

The number of Americans who believe antisemitic stereotypes has doubled since 2019, the Anti-Defamation League says, calling the findings “stunning and sobering” and adding that they point to the reemergence of antisemitism “in its classical fascist form” in the US.

A new survey asked the extent to which Americans agreed with various statements about anti-Jewish tropes and found that 20 percent of Americans – as many as 52 million people – agreed with six or more of the 11 anti-Jewish statements used since 1964, the ADL says.

“Those of us on the front lines have expected such results for a while now – and yet the data are still stunning and sobering: there is an alarming increase in antisemitic views and hatred across nearly every metric — at levels unseen for decades,” says ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

“From Pittsburgh to Charlottesville to the near-daily harassment of Jews in our greatest cities, antisemitic beliefs lead to violence. I hope this survey is a wake-up call to the entire country,” he says.

The survey shows “antisemitism in its classical fascist form is emerging again in American society, where Jews are too secretive and powerful, working against interests of others, not sharing values, exploiting — the classic conspiratorial tropes,” Matt Williams, vice president of the ADL’s year-old Center for Antisemitism Research, told The Washington Post.

Among the findings: 39% of respondents believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the United States; 20% say Jews have “too much power” in the United States; 21% agree that Jews “don’t care about anyone other than themselves;” and 53 percent say that Jews will go out of their way to hire other Jews.

The survey was conducted among a representative sample of more than 4,000 US adults.


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