Anti-Semitism in the US

The Anti-Defamation League is the premier organization monitoring, tracking and responding to anti-Semitism in the United States. Through our network of 26 regional offices, we are able to act quickly when anti-Semitism affects our cities, communities, and campuses.

ADL’s Center on Extremism tracks anti-Semitic trends every day. Our staff of experts monitors anti-Semitic activity online and on the ground — regardless of where it originates on the ideological spectrum.

Our most recent report on anti-Semitic incidents in the United States showed a significant year-to-year increase: In 2017, anti-Semitic incidents surged nearly 60 percent, according to the 2017 ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. This was the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. The sharp rise was due in part to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for a second year in a row.

This spike controverts a much more positive trend: ADL has been taking the pulse of anti-Semitism in America since 1964 and has tracked a marked decline in anti-Jewish attitudes during that time. Since our first benchmark survey, ADL has done periodic polling of American attitudes toward Jews. Our most recent surveys, commissioned in 2017, showed a slight increase in anti-Semitic attitudes from 2014. Still, the vast majority of Americans do not have negative opinions of their Jewish neighbors.

That same survey, however, revealed a first: a majority of Americans are concerned about violence directed against American Jews. And more than eight in 10 Americans believe it is important for the government to play a role in combating anti-Semitism, up from 70 percent in 2014.

One of the most disturbing recent manifestations of anti-Semitism in the U.S. was the alt right “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, where hundreds of marchers threw Nazi salutes, waved swastika flags and shouted “Sieg Heil.” The chaotic event ended violently with the death of a counter-protestor. Since that rally, ADL has issued numerous reports on those involved in the demonstrations, including many of the major players in white supremacist movement. Center on Extremism researchers identified more than 200 of the estimated 500-600 individuals who showed up to support the anti-Semitic and racist rally.

If you witness an anti-Semitic incident or any act of bigotry, report it here.