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Fewer American Jews feel safe, according to AJC report on antisemitism

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63% of American Jews say they feel less safe living in the U.S. in 2024, a 41% increase, according to a new report released by the American Jewish Committee

The fifth-annual report from the American Jewish Committee puts a finger on the pulse of how Jews are feeling about antisemitism in the U.S. The report holds two key findings – fears and experiences of antisemitism are on the rise, but the general public is also showing more allyship.

Holly Huffnagle serves as AJC Director for Combating Antisemitism.

“Overall, we’re seeing reporting of incidents increased. I think last year was the biggest reported level of antisemitic incidents since data collection started four decades ago.”

The study shows one-quarter of American Jews have been the target of antisemitism in the last year, and young jews (18-29) were more likely to be reported the target. In 2024 there’s a dramatic, 41% jump of Jewish Americans saying they feel less safe in the U.S. Huffnagle says the number one reason for this is the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

“98% have hear about the attacks, so we’re basically talking about the whole Jewish community. For 78% of them, it made them feel less safe as a Jewish person in the United States.”

Huffnagle says this jump in safety concerns, also comes with an increased awareness of antisemitism across the nation.

“One of the good news findings is that more than 9 in 10 Americans believe that antisemitism is a societal problem, not just a Jewish problem, and that it’s everyone’s responsibility to combat it.”

AJC says it hopes more awareness can improve outcomes.

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