United Against Antisemitism
Hate crimes against Jews and Jewish institutions make up an increasingly disproportionate share of religiously motivated hate crimes. According to the FBI, anti-Jewish bias accounted for 57% of the religiously motivated hate crimes in 2020, even though Jews only account for less than 2% of the U.S. population. This is also up from 2015 when 51.3 percent of religious hate crime offenses targeted Jews or Jewish institutions.
You are invited to explore these resources, reading lists, and events. We welcome you to stand united as an ally against antisemitic hate.
Antisemitism is a tangible threat to Jews and the very fabric of democratic societies. American Jewish Committee (AJC), with a global presence, works every day to combat Jew-hatred through global diplomacy, political advocacy, coalition building, and strategic communications. The resources below include key insights on antisemitism including the connection between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, antisemitism from the far-right, the far-left, and in the name of Islam.
Anne Frank House: Antisemitism
Antisemitism means hatred of Jews. Watch the video to see how it can be that hatred of Jews has existed for centuries. Read the answers to frequently asked questions and watch the personal stories of some young people.
Everyone is prejudiced. Including you! Prejudices are useful, because they help you keep things simple. But they can also influence the way we behave towards certain people, and that can be dangerous. Fortunately, there is something you can do. Below, we describe the three steps you can take.
The surge of antisemitic incidents in the United States is alarming to many. Several reported incidents include graffiti using swastikas, bomb threats, vandalism and shootings, targeting Jewish Community Centers (JCC) and institutions across the country. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about and reflect on current antisemitic incidents, understand how people and groups can make a difference, and explore the various ways different people and groups can act as allies, advocates and activists in order to enact change.
Antisemitism is not only about defaming and attacking the Jewish community; it’s a symptom of a larger issue. Those who act on their antisemitic biases also have and perpetuate biases against other marginalized people and communities, including those based on racism, anti-Muslim bias and more. These resources are intended to enable you to initiate conversations with your peers, colleagues, family and community about antisemitism and other forms of hate.
Prejudicial phrases and statements often come without warning, leaving the listener stunned and sometimes speechless, unsure how to respond. ADL's A World of Difference® Institute believes that there is a better response than no response.
Often beginning with words, hatred can accelerate quickly when left unchecked. It is critical that those in positions of influence take these early warning signs seriously and intervene. Illinois Holocaust Museum is a committed resource in helping to build safe, inclusive, and caring communities.
NPR: The trouble with defining antisemitism
With more extreme antisemitic attacks on the rise and more antisemitic rhetoric in the mainstream, antisemitism has become an increasingly pressing issue in the US. But at the same time, the conversation around antisemitism is getting more fraught. Sam talks with Dov Waxman, professor and director for the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, about what people are getting wrong about antisemitism. They discuss why there's so much contention around what the term means, why it can be hard to talk about, and how to fight antisemitism when it happens.
Parents Magazine: How to Talk to Kids About Anti-Semitism and Why It’s Important
With hate crimes and anti-Semitic acts on the rise, it is crucial for parents of all faiths to talk about this prejudice against Jews with their kids. Here are some concrete ways to have this discussion.
Alarmingly, nearly seventy-seven years after the end of the Holocaust, new technologies are enabling the mass marketing of anti-Semitic conspiracies and hate to a far broader audience with the potential to poison the hearts and minds of millions-especially impressionable young people. Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Mobile Museum of Tolerance (MMOT) is a mobile education center which travels around the state of Illinois teaching the lessons of the Holocaust, Civil Rights, and Digital Media Literacy to students and community members as part of its initiative in combatting hate. The Simon Wiesenthal Center also provides Digital Media Literacy: Youth Empowerment Resources to inform students and parents about harmful online sites, how to report harassment, as well as websites to promote positive social change. There are also teacher’s guides and/or lesson plans on teaching the Holocaust, propaganda and hate, the dynamics of discrimination, the power of words, and how to assume responsibility and take action.
This educational module aims to teach students about fighting prejudice. Using material from the Museum’s Voices on Antisemitism podcast series, the module ilustrates the existence and broad impact of contemporary antisemitism and demonstrates the ongoing relevance of the Holocaust to law, faith, the arts, and other areas.