Rising Antisemitism in the US: What We Know and What Can We Do?

An alarming picture of escalating antisemitism in the US is painted by a recent study by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). 41% of American Jews think their situation in the US is less secure than it was a year ago, according to their State of Antisemitism in America Survey for 2022. Moreover, 38% of all Jewish respondents to the survey said that they have changed their conduct as a result of worries about antisemitism. According to the CEO of the AJC, Ted Deutch, no American Jew, particularly the younger generation, should ever feel threatened for expressing their Jewish identity. Nonetheless, the growing antisemitism is gravely upsetting both American Jewry and American society as a whole.

It is obvious that growing antisemitism is a problem that affects many facets of contemporary American life. Sixty-nine percent of Jews have encountered antisemitism online, either as a target or by seeing content related to it, and four out of five Jews believe that it has gotten worse over the past five years. This raises the question of how we can stop this pattern and shield our fellow citizens from words and deeds motivated by hatred of one’s faith.

We may take a number of actions to lessen anti-Semitism in our nation today. First and foremost, we need to increase anti-Semitism education for both adults and children; teaching people about its causes, history, and effects will help advance tolerance and understanding across varied cultures. In addition, we must combat any harassment or prejudice directed at Jews or other members of minority groups. Finally, when people are the targets of hate crimes or other forms of targeted violence because of their religion or ethnicity, governments need to do more to support the victims by establishing structures that give them swift and efficient access to justice.

In the end, combating rising antisemitism calls for coordinated efforts from all facets of society, including individuals, groups, educational institutions, and governments. We must cooperate to halt this perilous trend before it further erodes the social fabric of our country and keep working towards a more tolerant future for all people, regardless of their origins or worldview.