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Survey: Israeli teens aware of anti-Semitism

An overwhelming majority of Israeli teenagers have an awareness of anti-Semitism around the world, according to a survey commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League. The survey found that 96 percent of Israeli teens are aware of anti-Semitism, and 64 percent believed Israel should react in cases of anti-Semitic incidents. More than three-quarters of respondents said school was their primary source of information about anti-Semitism, but 60 percent said the amount of attention to the subject in the Israeli educational system was too low. “The Israeli educational system, which is doing an excellent job in teaching about historical anti-Semitism, should look to enhance their programs by including contemporary concerns and using new tools, such as the Internet, to engage Israeli youth on the subject,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said. “Anti-Semitism is not just a history lesson, it is a current event.” The survey was conducted by telephone with 500 Israelis aged 15-18. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.