Photo Credit: courtesy, Ramapo Police Department
Anti-Semitic graffiti on the outside of a fence bordering the village of New Square, in New York State. (Feb. 2017)

The number of anti-Semitic incidents has jumped 86 percent since the start of 2017, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents.

In that report, the ADL revealed a massive increase in the harassment of American Jews, particularly since November 2016, and double the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.

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But anti-Semitism in America is not new.

Last year there was a 34 percent increase over 2015 in anti-Semitic incidents — assaults, vandalism and harassment — totaling 1,266 acts of hate against Jews and Jewish institutions, with 30 percent (369) taking place taking place after October 2016.

The incidents included hate crimes that were reported on university campuses: 211 in 2016 in California alone, and 87 so far in 2017.

In the first quarter of 2017, preliminary reports of the 541 anti-Semitic incidents included:

  • 380 harassment incidents, including 161 bomb threats, an increase of 127 percent over the same quarter in 2016;
    155 vandalism incidents, including three incidents of cemetery desecration, an increase of 36 percent;
  • Six physical assault incidents, a decrease of 40 percent.

In 2016, the 1,266 anti-Semitic incidents included:

  • 720 harassment and threat incidents, an increase of 41 percent over 2015;
  • 510 vandalism incidents, an increase of 35 percent;
  • 36 physical assault incidents, a decrease of 35 percent.
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