High School Lesson
Antisemitism: Surging in the 21st Century
First conducted in 2014, ADL’s Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism® is the most extensive survey ever conducted about the attitudes and opinions toward Jewish people in over 100 countries around the world. The study found that antisemitic attitudes are persistent and pervasive around the world. More than one in four adults, 26% of those surveyed, held anti-Semitic attitudes. This figure represented an estimated 1.09 billion people around the world.
In 2019, ADL updated the poll with a more focused survey that included 14 European countries plus four other countries with significant Jewish populations: Argentina, Brazil, Canada and South Africa. One in four Europeans polled fell into the “most antisemitic” category of the index.
About Global 100
The Index is wide-ranging, and was conducted in 96 languages and dialects in countries with significant Jewish populations, in countries which once had Jewish populations, and in countries which never had significant Jewish populations. The findings allow us to not only better understand the magnitude of antisemitism around the world, but to assess where it is most problematic, how pervasive it is in certain regions, and exactly which anti-Jewish beliefs are the most seriously entrenched.
About the Lesson Plan
This lesson provides an opportunity for high school students to understand more about antisemitic attitudes and stereotypes by people around the world, explore the Global 100 website and consider what can be done about antisemitic attitudes.
- Students will understand some aspects of antisemitism, reflecting on examples and analyzing how it manifests itself through stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.
- Students will explore the Global 100 website in order to learn more about antisemitism around the world, comparing and contrasting countries, regions and demographic information.
- Students will consider what people can do about antisemitism, especially in countries or regions with a high antisemitism index level.