Anti-Semitism Globally

ADL fights anti-Semitism around the world. Our experts continually monitor anti-Semitic incidents, particularly in Europe and Latin America, and work with local Jewish communities to share resources, best practices and advocate for their security and well-being.

ADL’s research shows that the recent increase in global anti-Semitism is due to the triple threat of extreme right nationalism, extreme left anti-Semitism, often in the guise of anti-Israel rhetoric, and violent Islamist radicalism.

The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, ADL’s groundbreaking 2014 poll, revealed that more than one billion people worldwide hold anti-Semitic views. The poll, which tracked attitudes in 102 countries and territories, provided a rare glimpse of prevailing worldwide sentiments about Jews. Among the insights: 35 percent of people in the countries polled had never heard of the Holocaust. 41 percent believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country, and 74 percent of people in the Middle East and North Africa hold anti-Semitic attitudes—the highest regional percentage in the world. Of the 26 percent of people who hold anti-Semitic views, 70 percent have never actually met a Jewish person. Follow-up surveys in selected countries were conducted in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Data from Jewish communities around the globe indicate an increase in annual anti-Semitic incidents. And some Jews are feeling more isolated and vulnerable as a result, according to recent surveys. A December 2018 EU survey found that 80 percent of European Jews feel that anti-Semitism in their country has increased over the past five years, and 40 percent live in daily fear of being physically attacked.

ADL calls out anti-Semitism wherever we see it, at home and abroad, from politicians and civil society, in meetings with heads of state, in public statements, published op-eds and on social media. ADL exposes anti-Semitism in state-sponsored textbooks in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as the Arabic press. ADL speaks up when foreign government leaders spout anti-Semitic rhetoric or tolerate anti-Semitism in their political ranks. ADL supports Jewish communities worldwide with resources and best practices in combatting anti-Semitism, collaborating with online platforms about online hate, or working with law enforcement. ADL educates young adults from Europe and beyond on how to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias.