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Poll on anti-Semitism sparks discussion

Results show rise in last two years

Eli Wiesel and Governor Deval Patrick exchanged greetings as Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, looked on after Wiesel’s speech at Faneuil Hall. Eli Wiesel and Governor Deval Patrick exchanged greetings as Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, looked on after Wiesel’s speech at Faneuil Hall. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / November 8, 2011

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More than 500 people gathered at Faneuil Hall last night to hear a panel of community and civic leaders discuss a disturbing poll by the Anti-Defamation League showing a rise in anti-Semitism in this country, over the past two years. Discussion centered on an ADL poll released last week showing a 3 percent rise in anti-Semitism in the US since 2009. The poll numbers indicated that 15 percent of Americans, 35 million people, hold deeply anti-Semitic views.

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