In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the Anti-Defamation League found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017 – the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. The sharp rise was in part due to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.
ADL identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents perpetrated throughout the United States in 2017. This is an increase of 57% over the 1,267 incidents reported in 2016. For the first time since at least 2010, an incident occurred in every US state. The states with the highest numbers of incidents were New York (380 incidents), California (268 incidents), New Jersey (208 incidents), Massachusetts (177), Florida (98), and Pennsylvania (96). These states combined made up more than half (62%) of the total number of incidents. The number of incidents tends to correlate with large Jewish populations.
The 1,986 total incidents can be subdivided into three major categories: (1) of harassment (where a Jewish person or group of people feel harassed by the perceived anti-Semitic words, spoken or written, or actions of someone else); (2)vandalism (where property is damaged in a manner that indicates the presence of anti-Semitic animus or in a manner that victimizes Jews for their religious affiliation), and (3) assault (where people’s bodies are targeted with violence accompanied by expressions of anti-Semitic animus).
“MK Hagay Elitzur of the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs,commented on these statistics by mentioning the methods used in the fight against anti-Semitism, such as international delegations that concur on this issue, reinforcing community resilience, legislation, and solutions to this phenomenon, as well as curbing anti-Semitism on the web. Elitzur spoke about methodical social media monitoring, including focusing on where ccontent was written, downloading this content, and more.
Elitzur also indicated that according to an FBI investigation, in 2000 there were 1275 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States – and since then there has been a 6%-10% decline each year, while in 2015-2016 there was a sudden increase of 13%. The increase in anti-Semitism on the web has been recorded both on the right and on the left – but mainly on the left.