Antisemitism Incidents Spike 86% So Far in 2017

(From the ADL)

The ADL published an article on April 24, 2017 that discussed a poll they recently conduced on antisemitic incidents across the country. The annual poll, that tallies antisemitic incidents, found that the has been a massive 86% increase in antisemitic acts from the same time last year. The article stated that antisemitic bullying and vandalism in American K-12 schools has doubled. The article also included information of the 2015 ADL audit of antisemitism. According to the 2015 map, the states that had the highest number of reported incidents were California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. In California there were¬†over 170 accounts of antisemitism- 69 of those cases involved vandalism, 105 cases involved harassment, and their was 1 reported assault. In New York, during 2015, the number of assaults increased to 44. The article also stated that in the first half of 2017, there was a total of 541 antisemitic incidents that included 380 harassment incidents, 161 bomb threats, 155 vandalism incidents, and 6 six assaults. Last year, in 2016, there was a total of 1,266 antisemitic incidents. The article shows that the number of antisemitic incidents by the time 2017 is done will drastically surpass the 2016 number. The article stated that the 2016 Presidential election and heightened political atmosphere played a role in the increase. Like this blog has shown, there have been many Trump related instances of antisemitism, such as Neo-Nazi posters that said “we take power of the 20th” in reference to Trump’s inauguration. The article concluded by saying that “antisemitism is not the sole domain of one group” (ADL). I think that statement is really true because, as we have seen in class, anyone at anytime can partake in antisemitism.

U.S. Anti-Semitic Incidents Spike 86 Percent So Far in 2017 After Surging Last Year, ADL Finds, ADL, 24 Apr. 2017. Accessed 24 Apr. 2017.





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