It is not acceptable to be an anti-Semite in America today. This is an enormous change from ADL’s early years, when anti-Semitism was part of daily life–limiting where Jews could live, attend school, work and feel safe.
Consider these markers of change: According to ADL’s latest annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the number in the U.S. declined recently by 13 percent. In 2012, Emory University apologized for blatant anti-Semitism that took place at its dental school from 1948 to 1960, which ADL helped expose.
The situation is entirely different internationally. ADL’s 2012 poll of Europe reveals dangerously high levels of anti-Semitism in some countries, while our monitoring shows that Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism is uglier than ever. But because of ADL’s ongoing work, the tools and partners are there to keep fighting back.
For instance, in 2012, French President François Hollande condemned anti-Semitism and helped protect Jews against a new wave of attacks, following years of our work with French government officials to stand up to anti-Semitism in their country. In Hungary, where ADL found anti-Semitic attitudes among a disturbing 63 percent of the population, the Hungarian prime minister condemned anti-Semitic remarks made in its parliament after ADL and others spoke out against them. The New York Times quoted ADL in a front-page story on the anti-Semitic statements of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Moreover, ADL presented recommendations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for how its 56 member states can act to combat anti-Semitism, hate crime and discrimination. And we testified before Congressional committees about global anti-Semitism and helped train U.S. diplomats to report it more effectively.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
See how far we've come in the last century–and how far we have yet to go–by reading ADL’s 2012 Annual Report celebrating our Centennial anniversary.Bigotry Hate Crimes Bullying Religious Freedom Extremism Israel Law Enforcement and Security Holocaust Education Interfaith Return to Annual Report