In America, a rising tide of anti-semitism

March 1, 2018

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in America was nearly 60% higher in 2017 than in 2016, based on findings of a report  released by The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on February 27.

That represents the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since the ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s, the advocacy organization said.

The sharp rise, reported in ADL’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, was, in part, attributed to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.

Specifically, there were 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the United States in 2017, including physical assaults, vandalism, and attacks on Jewish institutions. That figure represents a 57% increase over the 1,267 incidents in 2016. Every part of the country was affected, with an incident reported in all 50 states for the first time in at least a decade.

“A confluence of events in 2017 led to a surge in attacks on our community – from bomb threats,  [to] cemetery desecrations, white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, and children harassing children at school,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.  “These incidents came at a time when we saw a rising climate of incivility, the emboldening of hate groups and widening divisions in society. In reflecting on this time and understanding it better with this new data, we feel even more committed to our century-old mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

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