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ADL Audit: Rise in Anti-Semitic Assaults but Less Overall Cases

“There is still a subset of Americans who are deeply infected with anti-Semitism.
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Anti-Semites have a message for Jews in the Diaspora, but some people just don't understand it.

Anti-Semites have a message for Jews in the Diaspora, but some people just don't understand it.

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States decreased by 19 percent in 2013, but physical assaults against Jews nearly doubled, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL reported that there 751 incidents in 41 states and Washington, D.C. — one of the lowest numbers since 1979, when the ADL began collecting data. The number of incidents has been steadily declining for the past decade.

The audit includes assault, vandalism and harassment targeting Jews and Jewish property and institutions reported to ADL’s 27 regional offices and the police.

Despite the overall decline, the audit found a “significant” increase in “violent anti-Semitic assaults” — 31 assaults compared to 17 in 2012, although no assault was life threatening or required hospitalization.

“The high number of violent in-your-face assaults is a sobering reminder that, despite the overall decline in anti-Semitic incidents, there is still a subset of Americans who are deeply infected with anti-Semitism and who feel emboldened enough to act out their bigotry,” said ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman.

“In the last decade we have witnessed a significant and encouraging decline in the number and intensity of anti-Semitic acts in America,” he said in a statement. “The falling number of incidents targeting Jews is another indication of just how far we have come in finding full acceptance in society, and it is a reflection of how much progress our country has made in shunning bigotry and hatred.”

The audit attributed the declining number of anti-Semitic incidents to “a relatively quiet year for anti-Israel activity in the public sphere.”

Despite the overall decrease of incidents, the ADL reported increases in several states, including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio and Texas. The states with the highest number of incidents were those with the largest Jewish populations: New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

The ADL does not count critiques of Israel or Zionism as anti-Semitic incidents, unless such criticism invokes “classic anti-Jewish stereotypes or inappropriate Nazi imagery and/or analogies,” the organization said in a news release. It does, however, count “public expressions of anti-Israel sentiments that demonize Jews or create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation for U.S. Jews.”

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5 Responses to “ADL Audit: Rise in Anti-Semitic Assaults but Less Overall Cases”

  1. This is just horrible! Also reports that Budapest is showing signs of a growing anti-Semitic group, Nazi’s . I don’t get this I really don’t

  2. Zion Niker says:

    watch this-antisemitism in Europe

  3. Alvin Glenn says:

    One of my favorite junior high teachers was a jew (lady). I remember she was very frugal, we had to tear a sheet of paper down the middle to use for spelling class. We used one side one day, the back side the next and used the other half the next two days.
    I bet Stanley Downs remembers the teacher.

  4. One of my favorite teachers in my senior year was Jewish. The thing is, I grew up in rural Alabama and we just never had any discussions about "who" was "what" in that regard. I never even realized she was Jewish until I moved to Boston a few years later and who and what you were was such a big deal that I began to realize that Ms. Green was Jewish.

    She was a Yankee, she had a sharp voice, she put up with no nonsense; but when she gave a rare smile it reached her eyes and she knew her subject (English/Lit). We need her cloned for today.

  5. This is happening because people have turn their back on God. America was a good example to all nations, where peace was first.

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