Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased slightly in 2010 from 2009, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The highest number of incidents occurred in California, New York and New Jersey. A total of 1,239 incidents of assaults, vandalism and harassment were reported during the calendar year, compared to 1,211 incidents reported in 2009.

This is the second year California has led the country in anti-Semitic incidents, with 297 reported to the Anti-Defamation League in 2010 – an 8 percent increase over the year before. One of the most notorious incidents occurred in La Quinta, where high school students played “beat the Jew.” Promoted through Facebook, the game involved a car of “Nazi” students chasing a student “Jew” on foot. Of the nearly 300anti-Semitic incidents reported, half occurred in Los Angeles, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The 2010 ADL Audit identified:

22 physical assaults on Jewish individuals
900 cases of anti-Semitic harassment, threats and events
317 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism

Read the full report here

The ADl's audit does not include the thousands of anti-Semitic events that are a daily occurance on the Internet. Many incidents of hate speech and violence against Jews remain unreported.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From the FBI's 2010 report on hate crimes:


Religious bias
Law enforcement agencies reported 1,376 hate crimes motivated by religious bias. A breakdown of biases for these offenses showed:

70.1 percent were anti-Jewish.
9.3 percent were anti-Islamic.
8.6 percent were anti-other religion.
4.4 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
4.0 percent were anti-Catholic.
2.9 percent were anti-Protestant.
0.7 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.