190 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in 6 weeks
A new report shows anti-Semitic incidents surged in the first quarter of 2017. The Anti-Defamation League reported 97 incidents took place, compared to 57 during this time in 2016. The ADL says the uptick is a serious concern. This comes a few months after several Jewish community centers received a wave of bomb threats.
The report, released Monday by Anti-Defamation League, counted 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats between January and March. There were 281 incidents in the same time period in 2016. The ADL says anti-Semitic were up by more than a third last year, compared with 2015. And the numbers skyrocketed since November. There were 34 cases that were linked to last year’s presidential election.
US advocacy groups log sharp increase in anti-Jewish attacks
Despite Philadelphia’s motto of the “City of Brotherly Love,” the Jewish community has felt the opposite due to the recent upsurge in reports of anti-Semitic behavior.
The incidents followed an overall 34% increase in anti-Semitic assaults, vandalism and harassment last year when compared with 2015, according to the report.
The surge in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States came against an overall drop in such incidents worldwide, according to a report issued Sunday by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.
The Kantor report, which surveyed approximately 40 countries, said incidents of anti-Semitism dropped 12% globally. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community, reports of anti-Semitic acts dropped 61%. However, the English-speaking world in general bucked the trend, with increases in Britain, Australia and, especially, the United States. The report noted that anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses rose by 45%.
According to the ADL report, this year’s numbers in the U.S. were part of an uptick that began before the new year. Close to one-third of the 1,266 incidents logged last year happened in November and December.
“It’s really incredibly alarming,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the New York-based civil rights group, which pulls data from law enforcement, victims and local Jewish organizations to compile its annual audit. “What’s most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months.”
By: Michael Schwartz