A report published on Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that in 2019, the Jewish community in the US was the target of all-time high levels of anti-Semitic incidents.
The New York-based Jewish NGO counted 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents last year, a 12% increase from the 1,879 recorded in 2018. There were, on average, as many as six antisemitic incidents in the U.S. for each day in the calendar year, the ADL Audit of Antisemitic Incidents found.
It is the highest number of attacks recorded since the NGO started tracking anti-Semitic incidents in 1979, and includes cases of physical assault, harassment and vandalism.
An anti-Semitic assault is defined by ADL as “an attempt to inflict physical harm on one or more people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish, accompanied by evidence of antisemitic animus.”
“This was a year of unprecedented anti-Semitic activity, a time when many Jewish communities across the country had direct encounters with hate,” said the group’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
Greenblatt attributed the increased attacks to the “normalisation of anti-Semitic tropes,” the tensions in the political landscape and the social media. He also warned that the ono-going Coronavirus pandemic is fuelling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, a major driving factor behind the attacks.
Among the key findings of the report were that while there was a slight decrease in incidents at synagogues and Jewish community centers, antisemitic incidents continued to increase at schools and universities.
While New York recorded the highest number of attacks with over 400 cases, followed by New Jersey and California, Hawaii and Alaska were the only places where no incidents were reported.