(DCWatchdog.com) – Incidents involving antisemitism in the United States reached a record number in 2022, according to the annual report of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
There were 3,697 anti-Semitic incidents in the US last year, an increase of more than one-third – or 36% – compared with 2021, shows the ADL data.
Its new annual report shows that 2022 marked the third year during the past five years to see a record number of anti-Semitic cases in the United States, Newsmax reported.
The League, a US-based Jewish non-profit specializing in human rights, has been monitoring anti-Semitic incidents since 1979.
Its audit for 2022 shows that antisemitism cases increased in each category it monitors: anti-Semitic harassment went up by 29%, anti-Semitic vandalism spiked by 51%, and anti-Semitic assaults were up by 26%.
THE ADL report shows the highest number of instances of antisemitism occurred in New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas.
Four of these five states are America’s most populous and accounted for 54% of last year’s anti-Semitic incidents.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “known white supremacist groups more than doubled their efforts” in 2022 in the field of anti-Semitic propaganda, and that resulted in 852 incidents.
The ADL report makes it clear it doesn’t monitor all anti-Semitic content online and only looks into cases of individuals or groups getting harassed through direct messages, listservs, or social media.
“This report lays bare some data around why the Jewish community has been feeling so vulnerable,” commented Oren Segal, vice president of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, as cited by Axios.
Segal declared that certain public figures and social media influencers – most notably, rapper Kanye West, aka Ye, were exacerbating the problem by normalizing antisemitism.
Last year, Ye posted anti-Semitic messages and a swastika image on Twitter, for which his account was suspended.
The increase in anti-Semitic incidents registered by the ADL follows an FBI warning about growing hate crimes.
In December 2022, an FBI report showed that in 2021 there was a slight decrease in the number of hate crimes in the United States.
At the same time, though, the report made it clear the figures may be an undercount since a change in the reporting system led some of the biggest police departments nationwide not to report their data.
Earlier this month, the Bureau released a report showing that hate crimes increased by 11.6% in 2021.
Data from sources such as the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that anti-Semitic criminal acts increased substantially in several big US cities.
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Antisemitic incidents in the United States hit a record of 3,697 last year, a 36% increase from 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League's annual audit. https://t.co/H1YbpCIm4K
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