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Report – The State of Antisemitism in America 2020

“AJC’s first-ever State of Antisemitism in America report, released on October 26, 2020, shows deep anxiety among American Jews and a disturbing lack of awareness among the general public about the severity of antisemitism in the United States. Parallel surveys of American Jews and the U.S. general public reveal widely divergent views regarding Jew-hatred in America….More than a third (37%) of American Jews say they have been verbally or physically assaulted over the past five years simply because they are Jewish. Within this group, nearly a quarter have received antisemitic remarks in person, by mail, or by phone; a fifth have been targeted by antisemitic vitriol online; and 3% have been physically attacked. Some 62% of American Jews have been the targets of antisemitic remarks on Facebook and about a third experienced antisemitism on Twitter. Nearly half (46%) of those American Jews who reported online antisemitism to a social media platform said no steps were taken to address the incident. No wonder nearly a quarter of the Jews surveyed avoid identifying themselves as Jewish in public or posting content that would reveal their Jewishness online. It underlies why nearly nine in 10 Jewish Americans (88%) view antisemitism in the U.S. as a problem today. Yet only three in five U.S. adults (63%) share that concern. The discrepancies between the general and Jewish responses are unnerving. While 82% of American Jews say antisemitism has increased in the past five years, only 43% of U.S. adults agree…

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