Research data – Anti-Israel & Anti-Semitic hate & violence

Compiled and edited by Jon Sutz

This page contains a summary of the research findings by ILoveIsrael founder Jon Sutz, into the depth and breadth of anti-Israel & anti-Semitic hate & violence throughout the Western world.  Also see the detailed source data at:

Source Data: Anti-Semitic & Anti-Israel hatred & violence in the US & beyond



Contents

(1) For nearly 20 years, surveys throughout the world show that Israel is viewed as a top threat to peace, and is among four nations that are having the most “negative influences” on the world

(2) Increasing general anti-Semitic hatred & hate crimes

(3) Spiking anti-Semitic hate crimes & harassment on college and high school campuses, much of which is driven by anti-Israel hatred

(4) Strong support for Israel in America is being reversed, at a lightning rate — even among Jews & evangelical Christians

(5) UN bias & incitement against Israel

(6) BONUS 1: Americans’ lack of knowledge of, and misperceptions regarding the Holocaust

(7) BONUS 2: Slide show: “How big is Israel, compared, to the rest of world?”

Graffiti on the FDR Drive in New York city spotted September 2021 (h/t @stopantisemites via Bari Weiss).


(1) For nearly 20 years, surveys throughout the world show that Israel is viewed as a top threat to peace, and is among four nations that are having the most “negative influences” on the world

    • 2014-2017: Annual surveys conducted in 22 nations showed Israel is viewed as one of the four nations having the most “negative influence” on the world (the others being Iran, North Korea and Pakistan).
    • 2014: A worldwide survey revealed that Israel is viewed as one of the “biggest threats to peace” —  alongside Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.
    • Surveys conducted in 15 European nations in 2008 and 2003 showed the same result: Israel is viewed as the #1 “threat to world peace.”


(2) Increasing general anti-Semitic hatred & hate crimes

    • June 2022: Report shows French government all but refuses to acknowledge Muslim anti-Semitism as motive in rising violent crimes against Jews.
    • April 2022: Toronto police report that while hate crimes grew by 23% from 2020-21, Jews remain the most-targeted victim group. 75% of the hate crimes motivated by religion targeted Jews.
    • April 2022: The ADL reports that between 2020-21, there was a 34% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the US, and the highest number of such incidents since it began tracking such statistics.
    • February 2022: 60% of Israelis hide their religion when traveling abroad, 62% think Israel’s government should take firmer action against global anti-Semitism.
    • February 2022: Hate crimes against Jews in NYC jumped by 275% – in one year.
    • February 2022: Anti-Semitic incidents in France jumped 75% – in one year.
    • October 2021: A survey revealed that strong minorities of Europeans believe there is “a secret Jewish network that influences political and economic affairs in the world,” that “Israelis behave “like Nazis” towards the Palestinians,” that “Jews will never be able to fully integrate into society,” and that “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own purposes.” (JNS)
    • May 2021: “Antisemitic incidents more than doubled during the Hamas conflict.” (ABC News)
    • May 2021: “In 2019, the ADL recorded more than 2,100 cases of assault, vandalism and harassment against Jews across the U.S., the most since tracking began in 1979.” (NPR)
    • March 2021: 63% of American Jews “have either experienced or heard antisemitic comments, slurs or threats targeting others, an increase from 54% a year earlier… 9% indicated they had been physically attacked in the last five years because they are Jewish” (ADL)
    • 2020: “Jews only make up 2% of the American population, yet they are the targets of over 60% of all religion-based hate crimes.” (AJC)
    • 2020: 20% of those surveyed Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland claim a “Jewish cabal” runs the world; 24% believe Israel’s policies make them understand why some people hate Jews.
    • 2020: In Canada, there are now more hate crimes perpetrated against Jews than against any other victim group, religious or non-religious.
    • 2019: There were more hate crimes perpetrated against Jews in America than at any time since the ADL began tallying such incidents, in 1979. (Note: The vast majority of these crimes are not perpetrated by white nationalists or right-wingers; as stated by the head of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force in November 2018, “During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group.”).
    • 2019: 19% of Americans surveyed said small businesses should have the right to refuse service to Jews if doing so would violate the owners’ religious beliefs. In 2014, only 12% agreed.
    • 2018: In New York, Jews were not only the #1 targeted group for religiously-motivated hate crimes in 2018, there were more hate crimes perpetrated against Jews than against all other minority groups – religious and non-religious — combined.
    • 2018: In Los Angeles, Jews were targeted more than 12 times as often as Muslims in religiously-motivated hate crimes. (Los Angeles County Commission Hate Crime Report; p.35)
    • 2018: 38% of all Americans (including 55% of Democrats, and 44% of those under 35 years old) believe the Israeli government has “too much influence” on U.S. politics and policies.

From Clifton, NJ. Source: ‘Israelis Are New Nazis’: Paterson Hookah Shop Posts Anti-Israel Sign With Swastika, South Passaic Daily Voice, June 13, 2021.


(3) Spiking anti-Semitic hate crimes & harassment on college and high school campuses, much of which is driven by anti-Israel hatred

    • 2022: Times of Israel: “US students report jump in mental scarring from campus antisemitism, but see no end.” Excerpt: “Jewish students across the United States report being excluded from campus organizations, targeted on social media and harassed in classes by students and professors alike. Additionally, they’ve seen dormitories and sidewalks vandalized with swastikas, and buildings plastered with flyers that equate Birthright trips to Israel with genocide and call for Zionists to “fuck off.” Yet, often lost in the coverage of these incidents is the emotional toll they take on the Jewish students.”
    • 2022: Jerusalem Post: “Alarming rise in American Jewish children’s complaints of antisemitism at [high] school.” Excerpt: “I don’t think that Israel fully understands the depth of the strategic significance and effect that these antisemitic incidents have on Israel’s perception in the US,” Nicolet said. He added that most of the funds and resources for combating antisemitism are geared toward young adults while studying in college, yet in his eyes, it is about time to fund these types of programs for younger audiences. “We all know that BDS organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine and others have been active on college campuses for many years. But what about high school students, like those who filed a complaint with us from Colorado, that teenagers threatened a Jewish student to wear a gas mask? Hate and incitement have become more popular at younger ages. We need to combat it.”
    • 2021: According to a survey by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, “more than 65 percent of Jewish students on America’s college campuses report feeling unsafe, and around 50 percent say they have hidden their religious identity to avoid physical or verbal attacks.” (Washington Free Beacon)
    • 2020: Hate crimes against Jewish students on U.S. college campuses reached an all-time high. The number of religiously-motivated hate crimes on college campuses doubled between 2009-2017, most of which targeted Jews.
    • 2019: Nearly half of young European Jews were victims of anti-Semitism in the past year; many if not most of these incidents related to Israel.
    • 2017-2018: During this school year, the number of incidents of anti-Semitic harassment on U.S. college campuses, aimed mostly at pro-Israel students, jumped by 70%, the largest increase and number ever recorded.
    • 2017: 31% of Jewish students at U.S. universities reported experiencing anti-Semitism; of them, 59% say it was related to anti-Israel attitudes.


(4) Strong support for Israel in America is being reversed, at a lightning rate — even among Jews & evangelical Christians

  • 2021: At the moment, Israel has strong support in America. Gallup research shows that the overall percentage of Americans who have a favorable impression of Israel rose from 63% in 2001 to 75% in 2021, and the percentage that have more sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians in their conflict, rose from 51% in 2001 (pre-9/11) to 64% in 2021.
  • This trend is being reversed, however, at incredible speed.  ILI’s position is that this is occurring due to the virtually unchallenged success of anti-Israel propagandists in their efforts to influence young Americans (example here — one of innumerable incidents that were ignored by the most influential Jewish organizations). Consider the following seven facts:

(1) As of 2021, more Americans between age 18-34 have sympathy for Palestinians than for Israel (16% to 15%).

(2) Between 2018-2021, net sympathy* among Americans between 18-35 for Israel in its conflict with Palestinians dropped by two-thirds, from +39% to +13%. This was the biggest drop in support within this demographic in 20 years.  (*The gap between those who support Israel vs those who support the Palestinians)

(3) From 2018-2021, support for Israel among young US evangelical Christians dropped by more than half, from 75% to 33% (more here).

(4) Between 2010-2016, the number of US Jewish college students who support Israel over Palestinians dropped by 27 points (84% to 57%), while their support for Palestinians rose by 18 points. “We are allowing Israel to be defined by its detractors,” said the survey’s sponsor.

(5) 25% of American Jewish voters believe Israel is an “apartheid state.”

(6) 22% of American Jewish voters believe “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians”

(7) 20% of American Jews under age 40 believe “Israel doesn’t have the right to exist”

  • 2021: Roughly half of US Democrats want US aid to increase to Palestinians, while 40% want US aid cut to Israel.
  • 2021: A survey conducted between May 14-17, 2021 determined that for every 2 Democrats who sympathized more with Israel during the ongoing war with Hamas, 3 Democrats sympathized more with Palestinians.
  • 2016: More Americans who identify as “liberal Democrats” support the Palestinians than Israelis.
  • 2016: Millennials support Israelis over Palestinians by a 43%-27% margin, the narrowest range of any demographic. According to one researcher, “The future of America no longer believes that Israel shares their values.”

Additional context: Europe

2021: A Politico survey of European nations showed that support for Israel (5.2%) is virtually on par with support for Palestinians (4.6%) and the Palestinian Authority (4.6%).


(5) UN bias & incitement against Israel


With the above article, and Sections (1)-(4) in mind, it’s reasonable to ask: What is causing anti-Israel & anti-Semitic hate & violence to be spiking as they are?

Numerous factors are contributing to this phenomenon, but the most visible, measurable global factor is the United Nations’ role in inciting & justifying both.

The UN is supposedly the world’s moral standard for advancing and upholding peace, justice, human rights and societal progress. This is what children throughout the world are told, and taught. In reality, it is a cesspool of lies and anti-Semitic incitement – while whitewashing and protecting the world’s worst human rights abusers.

One recent example:

UN condemned Israel 17 times in 2020, versus 6 times for rest of world combined; Watchdog decries ‘surreal torrent of one-sided resolutions’ as General Assembly adopts 2 resolutions singling out Jewish state for censure this week, by Times of Israel, December 23, 2020. Excerpt:

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted two resolutions criticizing Israel, bringing 2020’s total tally to 17 resolutions against the Jewish state versus six resolutions singling out any other country, according to a tally by pro-Israel watchdog UN Watch.

Israel and activists have long slammed the UN for routinely adopting decision after decision directed against Israel, saying it exploits an overwhelming automatic majority that votes to censure Jerusalem no matter the subject.


The venerable watchdog group U.N. Watch has compiled data that validates this assertion. From 2015-2020, the UN General Assembly has issued 96 condemnations against Israel, almost invariably based on false or grossly distorted allegations. Yet neither the UN’s General Assembly, its Human Rights Council, nor its Commission on the Status of Women — have issued a single condemnations against the world’s most brutal terror states, including:

    • China, which holds 1 million Uighur Muslims in slavery
    • Libya, in which Arab Islamists capture and hold untold millions of black Africans in.slavery, and whom they sell for as little as $400 each. Although in December 2017 the UN “Security Council” issued a condemnation of this practice, the entire UN body was never given a chance to vote on this.
    • Pakistan, which routinely sentences anyone who is accused of blasphemy, heresy or apostasy to death


And in regards to 2020 alone:

UN condemned Israel 17 times in 2020, versus 6 times for rest of world combined; Watchdog decries ‘surreal torrent of one-sided resolutions’ as General Assembly adopts 2 resolutions singling out Jewish state for censure this week, by Times of Israel, December 23, 2020. Excerpt:

The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted two resolutions criticizing Israel, bringing 2020’s total tally to 17 resolutions against the Jewish state versus six resolutions singling out any other country, according to a tally by pro-Israel watchdog UN Watch.

Israel and activists have long slammed the UN for routinely adopting decision after decision directed against Israel, saying it exploits an overwhelming automatic majority that votes to censure Jerusalem no matter the subject.


(6) BONUS 1: Americans’ lack of knowledge of, and misperceptions regarding the Holocaust

    • 2020: 55% of Americans don’t know how many Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
    • 2019: One-third of Americans “believe the scope of the murder of Jews in the Holocaust has been exaggerated,” and that the actual number of Jews killed was 2 million, not 6 million. “In addition, 45 percent of Americans could not name any of the 40 ghettos or concentration camps erected by the Nazis, with a whopping 66 percent of millennials being unable to state the significance of ‘Auschwitz’.”
    • 2018: 41% of millennials, and nearly one-third of all Americans, believe that 2 million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; “Moreover, 45% of Americans could not name a single concentration camp; 41% of respondents – and 66% of millennials – couldn’t identify what Auschwitz was.

(7) BONUS 2: Jews as a portion of the world population, and in comparison to Muslim population

The following visualizations present data from these sources:

2019 World Jewish_Population – Jewish Data Bank

Jewish Population By Country 2021 – World Population Review

Muslim Population By Country 2021 – World Population Review