How Bad is Antisemitism Really? A Fireside Chat With Professor Robert Brym, One of Canada’s Leading Sociologists & Demographers Studying the Jewish Community

June 27, 2024

If you’re reading the headlines, or the chatter on social media, it would be easy to conclude that for Jews in the Diaspora, it’s little different than 1930s Germany: Brownshirts are on the move, and antisemites under every rock.

But fortunately, that’s not the truth at all, at least in Canada, according to a new study which examined recent data around antisemitism, and found – perhaps surprisingly – very positive results.

While there has been a marked increase in antisemitic incidents, primarily graffiti and the like, the attitudes of Canadians towards Jews remains almost unchanged since October 7, with only a miniscule percentage of Canadians expressing anti-Jewish views.

In this week’s podcast, we sit down with Professor Robert Brym, one of Canada’s leading sociologists and demographers studying the Canadian Jewish community, to discuss his new study which evaluated Canadian attitudes towards Jews and Israel, finding that anti-Jewish incidents emanate from a tiny proportion of society, and that overwhelmingly, Canadians do not embrace such hatred.

Brym’s study does not preclude the need to combat anti-Jewish hatred in society, but as he explains in the podcast, it should help to focus the Jewish community’s energies.

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