During the first three quarters of 2017, there was a 67 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents compared to the same period in 2016. The new data released by the Anti-Defamation League shows that there was a sharp spike in incidents after the violence in Charlottesville.
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According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number of anti-Semitic incidents across the United States has significantly increased since the beginning of 2017. During the first nine months of 2017, 1,299 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded, a 67 percent rise compared to 2016. “We are astonished and horrified by the rise in anti-Semitic harassment, incidents and violence targeting our communities,” stated Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director.
According to the statistics, which were released Thursday, there was a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents after the violence in Charlottesville in August 2017. The report also revealed that there has been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents on school and college campuses.
The 1,299 recorded incidents include physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions. Out of the number of incidents reported in 2017 so far, most of them (667) occurred in the first quarter. In 2016, a total of 1,266 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded.
While the incidents occurred across the US, the states with the highest numbers of reports have large Jewish populations. In New York, the highest number of incidents (267) was recorded.