Poll: 85% of Jews worldwide have experienced or seen anti-Semitism



Graffiti in Madrid, Spain, illustrating the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory of Jewish control over money. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Eighty-five percent of Jews around the world have witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism at some point in their lives, according to a new survey by the World Zionist Organization's International Center for Countering Anti-Semitism. The poll also found that around 50 percent of respondents from Europe and North America said they had either witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism in the past year.

The survey of 702 respondents who identify as Jewish and do not live in Israel was published Thursday, ahead of Israel's National Day to Combat Anti-Semitism and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which are set to coincide Jan. 27.

According to the survey, 67 percent of respondents witnessed or experienced anti-Semitic incidents involving abusive language and insults, 20 percent said they had witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism in the form of threats, and 13 percent said they had either experienced or witnessed anti-Semitic violence. Seventy-three percent of respondents who either experienced or witnessed anti-Semitic violence said they did not report the incident to authorities.

Posted on January 13, 2017 .