Anti-Semitism

May 12, 2017 • Volume 27, Issue 18
Is hostility toward Jews on the rise worldwide?
By Sarah Glazer

Introduction

In recent months vandals have desecrated Jewish cemeteries in Rochester (AFP/Getty Images/Gretchen Stumme)
In recent months vandals have desecrated Jewish cemeteries in Rochester, N.Y., above, Philadelphia and a St. Louis suburb. Anti-Semitic incidents also have been on the rise on college campuses, and Jewish schools and community centers in the United States have received dozens of hoax bomb threats. Anti-Jewish incidents have risen in some European countries as well. (AFP/Getty Images/Gretchen Stumme)

In the run-up to the presidential election and afterward, the United States has experienced disturbing outbreaks of anti-Semitism, including a spate of incidents on more than 100 college campuses, where white supremacists have been distributing anti-Semitic fliers and openly recruiting adherents. Some human rights and Jewish activists say President Trump has emboldened right-wing hostility toward Jews, but others say such charges are unjustified. Defining anti-Semitism is controversial. Members of Congress and state legislators want to codify a definition that would include opposition to Israel's existence. But pro-Palestinian and civil liberties groups say that would violate free-speech rights. A similar debate is playing out in Europe, where some countries have seen a rise in deadly attacks on Jews in recent years, often by radicalized Muslims, such as the 2015 terrorist attack on a kosher grocery in Paris. Paradoxically, growing anti-Muslim attitudes in countries experiencing an influx of refugees have also spurred more prejudice against Jews — the target of history's longest hatred.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Racism and Hate
May 12, 2017  Anti-Semitism
Mar. 17, 2017  ‘Alt-Right’ Movement
Jan. 08, 2016  Racial Conflict
Sep. 18, 2015  Far-Right Extremism
Nov. 22, 2013  Racial Profiling
May 08, 2009  Hate Groups
Jun. 01, 2007  Shock Jocks Updated
Jan. 07, 1994  Racial Tensions in Schools
Jan. 08, 1993  Hate Crimes
May 12, 1989  The Growing Danger of Hate Groups
Nov. 05, 1969  American History: Reappraisal and Revision
Mar. 31, 1965  Extremist Movements in Race and Politics
May 13, 1964  Racism in America
Dec. 03, 1958  Spread of Terrorism and Hatemongering
Jul. 10, 1946  Ku Klux Klan
Jan. 09, 1945  Race Equality
Dec. 19, 1933  Lynching and Kidnapping
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Civil Rights and Civil Liberty Issues
Freedom of Speech and Press
Global Issues
Hate Groups
Islam
Judaism
Middle East Conflicts
Powers and History of the Presidency
Race and Hate Crimes
Regional Political Affairs: Europe
Religious Freedom
Religious Movements
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