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Poll: Nearly a third of Jewish people avoid publicly wearing things that might identify them as Jewish

The American Jewish Committee (AJC), a Jewish advocacy organization, released the results of its survey Wednesday. It was conducted with 1,283 respondents over almost a month.

It found that nearly a third of those polled have “avoided publicly wearing, carrying or displaying things that might help people identify them as Jews.”

And a quarter of respondents said they avoid places, events or situations out of concern for their safety or comfort.

The statistics come nearly a year after a man opened fire in a synagogue in the historic Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill during Saturday morning worship. The suspect is facing federal hate-crime charges.
And in April of this year — on the last day of Passover — a gunman killed one woman and wounded three others at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California. The injured included an 8-year-old girl and her uncle, who was visiting from Israel.

Those horrific incidents were among many other recent instances of anti-Semitism.

Last year had the third-highest totals for assault, harassment and vandalism against Jews since the Anti-Defamation League started tracking such incidents in 1979, according to the organization. There were a total of 1,879 attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions across the country, according to a report from the ADL.

The AJC survey suggests Jewish Americans are feeling the impact of these attacks. Nearly nine out of 10 say anti-Semitism is a current problem in the US, and 72% say they do not approve of the Trump administration’s handling of the threat, according to the survey.

“American Jews could not be clearer about the reality of anti-Semitism in the U.S.,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “This hatred is real, comes from multiple sources, and is growing. It needs to be taken seriously and dealt with in a sustained, multi-pronged response.”

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2%.

CNN’s Doug Criss and Mallory Simon contributed to this report.

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