Jerusalem, November 7, 2013 … More than two-thirds of Israeli teens have been exposed to anti-Semitism on the Internet and one-in-three report being the victim of a cyber-assault because they are Israeli, according to a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released today.
The ADL poll of 500 Jewish teens between ages 15 and 18, conducted in Hebrew by the Israeli polling company Geocartography, found that 69 percent of young Israelis have encountered various forms of anti-Semitic expression on the Internet. Thirty-six percent (36%) of those polled reported being the victim of online attacks, including verbal abuse or being blocked from a Web site or forum simply because they are Israeli.
The poll was conducted in mid-October 2013 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.
“The poll found a disturbingly high number of Israeli teens has experienced anti-Semitism, not as part of their daily lives in Israel, but on the Internet,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “While they feel generally safe at home, Israeli teens are hardly immune from exposure to anti-Semitism and hatred toward Israel due to the borderless nature of the Internet and the cover of anonymity it provides to anti-Semites and those holding extreme anti-Israel views.”
ADL’s Israel Office commissioned the poll in honor of the League’s 2013 Centennial Year in an effort to flesh out anecdotal evidence that Israel’s technologically saavy youth are no strangers to the various strains of anti-Semitism that spread virally on the Internet.
The two-thirds of Israeli teens who reported being exposed to anti-Semitic content described having experienced various forms of hatred online:
Of those Israeli teens who reported being attacked simply because they are Israeli:
Of those who did experience anti-Semitism or a cyber-assault due to nationality, a significant majority – 59 percent – said they took some type of action to counter the anti-Semitic or anti-Israel content. Nearly 37 percent of Israeli teens said they reported the issue directly to Internet providers, while another 20 percent said they had asked a friend to report the issue on their behalf.
Mr. Foxman, the co-author with Christopher Wolf of “Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), said the fact that many Israeli teens are actively reporting their run-ins with online anti-Semitism is encouraging.
“The good news is that Israeli teens are not only technologically saavy but do not remain passive and are more than likely to report the anti-Semitism or anti-Israelism they encounter,” said Mr. Foxman. “The poll findings serve as a reminder that, even in Israel, education about anti-Semitism continues to be very important. Teenagers need to know how to identify and to report anti-Semitism and inappropriate behavior online because they, too, can play a role in helping to respond to and counteract online hate speech.”
Have you or have you not experienced any of the following due to being Israeli?
The term “Anti-Semitism” is defined to mean “hatred of Jews.” Have you or have you not encountered any manifestations of online anti-Semitism, for example: anti-Semitic expressions of different people, symbols, images, caricatures, drawings, videos, etc?
Have you or have you not encountered any of the following manifestations of online anti-Semitism?
In response to manifestations of anti-Semitism that you encountered, did you or did you not react in any of the following ways? (Note: this question pertains only to those who responded that encountered online anti-Semitism)
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.