ADL: Overall anti-Semitic incidents fall 19% in 2013, but assaults nearly double

Vice President Joe Biden, right, sings "happy birthday" to Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), at the ADL's Centennial Gala on April 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: David Karp.

( Anti-Semitic incidents continued a decade-long downward trend in 2013, according to an annual report issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The report—which measures anti-Semitic assaults, vandalism, harassment, threats, and other events against Jews and Jewish property—said there were 751 total anti-Semitic incidents in 2013, a 19-percent decline from the 927 incidents reported in 2012 and one of the lowest levels of such incidents since the ADL began tracking them in 1979.

“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,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman.

Posted on April 1, 2014 .