Twitter Poll: Coming in Touch With Antisemitism

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Photo Credit: CFCA / Swastikas in the old Jewish cemetery in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria

On 10 May 2019, the WJC conducted a Twitter poll to see if our followers have been victims of antisemitic incidents. 

As the world has increasingly focused on violence motivated by hatred, we wanted to know if our social media followers are directly affected by this growth of hatred.

We asked: Have you ever been the victim of an antisemitic incident? The results were startling. An overwhelming majority of our responders said that they have been victims of antisemitism. 59% said they have been victims a few times. 15% said once. 13% said they have never been victims of an antisemitic incident. 13% said they know someone who was the victim of an antisemitic incident.

Our results here are extremely disconcerting to the Jewish community, albeit not at all surprising in the world we live in today. In the Anti-Defamation League’s 2018 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, records 1879 incidents of antisemitism divided into harassment, vandalism, and assault. These cases are extremely serious and all show a significant increase in antisemitic incidents from year to year – including our poll.

The fact of the matter is that not all incidents are going to be reported to the ADL. The antisemitism that occurs on a daily basis may be more nuanced than that. This goes to show that it is very likely that the cases of antisemitism that are reported in our poll may not be covered under the ADL’s statistics.