Anti-Semitism Proliferates in US, with Record Number of Incidents in 2019: ADL

Harassment, vandalism and assaults against the American Jewish community surged in 2019, according to the Anti-Defamation League, as the "oldest hatred" persists 

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The Anti-Defamation League said May 12 that there were more anti-Semitic incidents in the US during 2019 than there were during any other year since it started keeping track of them more than four decades ago.
 
The total number of incidents rose 12% year-on-year to 2,107 in 2019, with 61 acts of physical assault, 919 instances of vandalism and 1,127 cases of harassment, according to AP, which was given access to the report.   
 
"Anti-Semitism is a virus. It is like a disease, and it persists," said the league's CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt. "It’s sometimes known as the oldest hatred. It never seems to go away. There truly is no single antidote or cure."
 
He said social media, the charged politics of the day, and a normalization of anti-Semitic tropes contributed to the increase.
 
An ADL survey released in April found that almost two-thirds of all American Jews are more concerned for their physical safety, and for the security of their families and their communities, than they have been for more than ten years.
 

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