DE saw uptick in anti-Semitic harassment in 2017

Ruben Ruiz
March 2, 2018

Anti-Semitic incidents in NY soared 90 percent a year ago compared to 2016, according to new data released Tuesday.

There were nearly 2000 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the U.S. in 2017, including physical assaults, bomb threats, vandalism, and attacks on Jewish institutions, according to a report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday.

The Anti-Defamation League says almost 2,000 cases of anti-semitic harassment, vandalism and physical assault were recorded in 2017, the highest number of cases since 1994.

The group gathers its own data by tracking criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment, such as threats and slurs, and by talking to victims, as well as law enforcement and community leaders.

There were 1,267 incidents in 2016, said the ADL, which added there was at least one incident past year in all 50 states for the first time in at least a decade.

The desecration of Jewish headstones is a classic anti-Semitic act employed for hundreds of years.

"These incidents came at a time when we saw a rising climate of incivility, the emboldening of hate groups and widening divisions in society", he said in the news release. In all, the Anti-Defamation League reports there were 1,015 harassment reports, 163 bomb threats against Jewish organizations and 952 reports of vandalism. A 19-year-old Israeli-American named Michael Ron David Kadar was arrested in Israel for making the bulk of those threats.

The FBI's latest data on hate crimes, released in November 2017, showed a three percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crime from 2015 to 2016.

The number of anti-Muslim groups increased for a third straight year, from 101 chapters in 2016 to 114 in 2017, the center said, and anti-immigrant organizations rose to 22 last year from 14 the previous year.

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In the vast majority of vandalism cases the perpetrators remain unidentified.

That's the highest total since 1994 and the highest single-year spike since the group began recording incidents in 1979.

The states with the most reports of incidents were New York, California (268 reports), New Jersey (208), MA (177), Florida (98) and Pennsylvania (96). The report does not point to any main reason. "I think there is no question that it's on people's minds, and there is more of it out there".

Anti-Semitic incidents on college and university campuses were up 89 per cent.

The New York City-based organisation found 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents past year, up from 1,267 in 2016.

Within the city limits, the largest number of incidents, 99, was reported in Manhattan, followed by 80 in Brooklyn and 39 in Queens.

Past year was particularly noteworthy for public acts of anti-Semitism. On college campuses, there were 204 incidents: an 89 percent increase.

"Donald Trump's administration has been accused of failing to condemn religious bigotry", says The Guardian, citing condemnation from Jewish groups for not mentioning anti-semitism in statements about the Holocaust.

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