(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The number of anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in the first nine months of 2017 increased by 67 percent from the same period in 2016, according to new data posted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on its website Thursday.
The report said there had been 1,299 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. from Jan. 1-Sept. 30 this year, compared with 1,266 in all of 2016. This year’s figures include 703 incidents of harassment, including 162 bomb threats against Jewish institutions; 584 incidents of vandalism, including 52 against Jewish institutions; and 12 physical assaults.
“These incidents took place across the country, but consistent with prior reports, the states with the highest numbers of incidents tend to be those with the largest Jewish populations. These include New York State (267 incidents), California (197), Massachusetts (117), Florida (69) and Pennsylvania (58),” the report said.
Referring to August’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a 32-year-old woman was killed when a neo-Nazi supporter rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said, “While the tragedy in Charlottesville highlighted this trend, it was not an aberration. Every single day, white supremacists target members of the Jewish community, holding rallies in public, recruiting on college campuses, attacking journalists on social media, and even targeting young children.”