When Politics Creates Hate: Anti-Semitism in America

Steven Windmueller, Ph. D.

Posted on October 20, 2016 / 18 Tishri 5777

Written by Steven Windmueller, Ph. D.


The Anti-Defamation League has just released a task force study examining (ADL Task Force Issues Report Detailing Widespread Anti-Semitic Harassment of Journalists on Twitter During 2016 Campaign) a year long study of the rise in anti-Semitic messages directed at Jewish reporters and spread across social media.

They would conclude that “a total of 2.6 million tweets containing language frequently found in anti-Semitic speech were posted across Twitter between August 2015 and July 2016. Those tweets had an estimated 10 billion impressions (reach), which ADL believes contributed to reinforcing and normalizing anti-Semitic language – particularly racial slurs and anti-Israel statements — on a massive scale.”

Dr. Steven Windmueller commenting on these findings noted the growth of global anti-Semitism as a new and disturbing phenomenon, that has gained added momentum in connection with Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House. The two essays, referenced below, examine his work that confirms the rise of anti-Semitism globally and within the American context:

As part of his 2016 election blogs, Professor Windmueller on several occasions pointed to specific examples of anti-Semitism within the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Blog # 11 offers one such review of these trends:

Steven Windmueller can be reached for comment on the ADL Report via his email, swindmueller@huc.edu.

Dr. Steven Windmueller is the Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

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