The American Jewish Committee has released its third annual survey about anti-Semitism in the United States, which has given way to some shocking facts.
According to the survey, 60 percent of non-Jews say anti-Semitism is a very serious problem or somewhat of a problem in the United States today, and by contrast, 90 percent of Jewish respondents said anti-Semitism is a very serious problem or somewhat of a problem.
What’s worse is that 22 percent of the Jewish respondents said they avoided going to certain places or wearing certain items where they would be identified as Jews out of fear of anti-Semitism.
In reaction to this fact, AJC CEO David Harris said in a statement, “That one in four American Jews has been the target of anti-Semitism over the past year alone, and that four out of 10 have taken steps to conceal their Jewishness or curtail their activities, as a result, should alarm Americans. “Now is the time for American society to stand up and say ‘Enough is enough.’ ”
The survey also found that 17 percent of Jews were the target of an anti-Semitic remark in person over the last 12 months. Anti-Semitic remarks were also found online with 12 percent of Jewish respondents reporting that they were the target of online remarks.
When asked if anti-Semitism has increased or decreased in the last five years, 82 percent of Jews said it increased a lot or somewhat while only 3 percent said it decreased.