According to studies, antisemitism increased in the United States in 2022 and showed little prospect of decreasing globally as political extremists have achieved widespread acceptance.
The Anti-Defamation League in the United States and the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University made the research public as Israel began commemorating the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
The coronavirus epidemic fueled a global spike in antisemitism, according to a survey from last year, which revealed that 2021 saw a new peak for antisemitic events.
Researchers this year reported that “the trend did not reverse globally in 2022, and in some countries, most concerningly the United States, it intensified.”
Antisemitic occurrences decreased from the previous year in several nations with sizable Jewish populations, including France, Canada, Argentina, and the United Kingdom.
According to the ADL, there were 3,697 antisemitic occurrences in the United States last year, up from 2,721 in 2021, a rise of more than 35%.
According to the group, messaging that is anti-Semitic and white nationalist has increased in the United States.
According to their police agencies, the three cities with the nation’s most significant Jewish populations—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—saw an increase in antisemitic hate crimes.
The researchers discovered that the main targets of antisemitic violence in the West are visibly recognizable Jews, particularly ultra-Orthodox Jews, also known as haredi Jews.
Haredi Jews are the primary victims, according to the report, not only because they are easily recognized as Jews but also because they are viewed as helpless and unlikely to defend themselves.
The surge in anti-Semitism in the United States is not just among white nationalists. It stated that “the far-right and far-left’s antisemitism is pushing into the mainstream of American culture and politics from both sides.”
Although there has always been antisemitism in the United States, since World War II, “American Jews have lived securely in the knowledge that civil society and its institutions are a reliable buffer against discrimination, prejudice, and violence,” according to the report authors. The idea of exceptionalism has been destroyed in recent years by violent attacks on Jews and Jewish organizations.
The report also condemned Israel’s new administration for admitting the ultranationalist religious Jewish Power party, created by the late racist and anti-Arab rabbi Meir Kahane’s successor. In the words of the newspaper, the party has “polluted Israeli public discourse with chilling racist expressions that would have immediately terminated their political careers.”
The report noted that it was necessary to express the obvious: racism is racism, and Jewish racism is equally abhorrent to other forms of racism and should never be justified or accepted.