Anti-Defamation League: Anti-Semitism On The Rise In America

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, says the amount of anti-Semitism is rising in America.

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A new survey by the ADL shows 40 million Americans are infected with serious anti-Semitism.

“You believe that Jews are too powerful in the economic sphere, they’re too influential on Wall Street, you believe that they’re not loyal to this country, you believe they killed Christ. So, it’s a picture of a bigot,” Foxman said on Friday. “We had a number of years where it was coming down and now it’s up to 15 percent of the America people.”

The ADL believes the Internet and hard economic times are driving the rise in anti-Semitism.

“When there’s economic uncertainty, people look to blame somebody. People look to stereotype somebody,” said Foxman, noting that throughout the years, Jews have been blamed for economic distress.

According to the survey:

• 14 percent agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much power in the U.S. today,” an increase from 13 percent in 2009.
• 15 percent agreed that Jews are “more willing to use shady practices,” up slightly from 2009.
• 16 percent agreed that Jewish “business people are so shrewd, others don’t have a chance,” up from 13 percent in 2009.
• 30 percent believe that Jews are “more loyal to Israel than to America,” a percentage that has remained virtually unchanged since ADL’s benchmark survey in 1964, despite the changing makeup of the U.S population.
• Nearly half of all respondents agreed with the statement that Jews “stick together more than other Americans, and 33 percent said they believe Jews “always like to be at the head of things.”
• A surprisingly large number of Americans continue to believe that “Jews were responsible for the death of Christ.”  31 percent of Americans agreed with that statement.  One-quarter of Americans believe that Jews “still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

There is some positive news from the survey.

Jews were found to be held in high regard on many key measurements. Even Americans who hold the most anti-Semitic views agreed with many positive statements about Jews, including:

•  Jews have a strong faith in God (79 percent)
•  Jews have contributed much to cultural life of America (64 percent)
•  Jews emphasize the importance of family life (83 percent)

LINK: More Survey Details

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  1. Gromheizer says:

    So what’s wrong with anti-Semitism?

  2. teetotaler says:

    The jealous anti-semites are acknowledging that Jews have made it in America while they have not. Instead of blaming themselves for not making it, they are blaming those that have made it.

  3. KPMc says:

    Jews were found to be held in high regard on many key measurements. Even Americans who hold the most anti-Semitic views agreed with many positive statements about Jews, including:

    • Jews have a strong faith in God (79 percent)
    • Jews have contributed much to cultural life of America (64 percent)
    • Jews emphasize the importance of family life (83 percent)

    This is every bit as bigoted and prejudiced as the other statements yet CBS and the ADL classify them as “positive”?

    Once you lump an entire group of people and say they ALL do this or NONE of them do that or they ALWAYS do another thing you are prejudiced!

    Can’t we agree that ‘some’ people have those traits, both negative and positive, without pointing the finger at all or crying foul every time you are offended by something?

  4. Brian boyer says:

    Take a tri to Brooklyn and you will see it yourself that those pigs and monkies feel they can do whatever the fak they want just because they are Jew

    1. Roger Cotton says:

      Here is the first Jew hater reporting!

  5. Roger Cotton says:

    We Jews are being pushed into becoming Conversos in this country. In the last three places I have lived I have been accosted by people for being Jewish. One Somalian taxi driver in San Diego pointed his finger at me as I entered his cab to go to the airport, and said “are you Jewish/” with death in his eyes. A black man living in my apartment building saw me one Saturday wearing my yarmulke as I was leaving the building to go to temple, blocked my way and with death in his eyes said “you Jews think you’re better than everyone else”. Then here in Vermont, supposedly a liberal state, upon seeing a keychain with the Star of David on it a 45 year old woman remarked in a loud and threatening voice, “we don’t allow Jews to live in this town, we put up a stone marker to keep them out”. So, where do we go now I ask. All to Israel? I thought there was freedom of religion in this country. I was born here and I will die here. Maybe at the hands of a Jew hater. G-d help us all!

    1. Brian boyer says:

      With death in his eyes?? Buddy u need to get out more.
      Why all Jew love playing victims?? It is what it is, get over it or move back to your promised land Isra-sh i t

    2. Tom says:

      Why do Jews continue to wander in America in Europe? Go live in the country you love above all, Israel. Don’t live in America when you are loyal to a foreign nation. Go home.

  6. Moishe says:

    “Hello, we’re conducting an impartial survey. Do you feel that Jews have too much power in the U.S. today? Yes or no? Okay, now….would you agree or disagree that Jews are more willing to use shady practices. Okay! Thank you for your participation!” Puleeze, who is participating in this asinine survey?

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