Is Anti-Semitism Alive In America?

The 2007 study by the Anti-Defamation League regarding anti-semitism in the United States indicates, “anti-Semitic beliefs endure in America.” The survey revealed that 15% of Americans — 35 million- had “unquestionably anti-Semitic views.” The survey indicates 31% believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the United States and 15% believe Jews have “too much power.” African Americans constitute among the most anti-Semitic groups with 32% harboring such views. The ADL was concerned that such views continue enduring in America.

One can examine this survey and come away with sharply different conclusions. It is back to the argument of the glass have filled or half empty. About 35 million Americans have some form of anti-Semitism, but 265 million do not. It is interesting how classical physical features are no longer associated with Jews but the perennial complaint about Wall Street and power lingers on. On the other hand, although Jews are less than 2% of the population, they constitute about 7% of the US Senate. That indicates non-Jews vote for Jewish candidates. Violence against Jews has dramatically declined as has segregation in housing and education. Of course there is anti-Semitism, after all about half of Americans don’t believe in evolution and 34% believe in ghosts.