Anti-Semitism is the prejudice, discrimination and hatred of Jews
as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group
According to an international survey done by Pew in 2013, harassment of Jewish individuals increased to a 7 year high, although social hostility towards religion as a general statement was shown to be declining. In 2013 harassment against Jews was found in 34 out of the 45 countries in Europe, and the Pew survey found that Jews were much more likely to be harassed by individuals because of their religion than any other religious group (Pew, February 26, 2015). The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University published their annual anti-Semitism report in April 2015, which detailed a sharp increase in global anti-Semitic activity during 2014. In 2014, 766 violent anti-Semitic incidents were recorded worldwide, representing a 40% increase over the 554 incidents reported in 2013 (IBTimes, April 17, 2015). To read the full 2014 Kantor Center report, click here. Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies released a report titled “Anti-Semitism and the College Campus: Perceptions and Realities” in July 2015, which provided a glimpse into the every day anti-Semitism present on American and Canadian college campuses. Among other things, the report found that one quarter of undergraduate students reported hostility towards Israel on their campus being a problem, and three quarters have been exposed to or overheard anti-Semitic statements on their campus. The report concluded that the schools with the largest percentage of anti-Semitic sentiments were Canadian Universities and schools in the University of California system. Approximately nine percent of undergraduate students reported that anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments from their professors became a problem for them during the year. To read the full Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies: Anti-Semitism and the College Campus report, please click here.