Washington Post: Anti-Semitic incidents soared in 2017, marking nation’s largest single-year increase, report finds

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The second highest figure since 1970:

Anti-Semitic activities in the United States shot up an unprecedented 57 percent last year, marked by hate crimes in schools and bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to a report released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL’s 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents identified 1,986 examples of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and assault in 2017, the largest single-year increase and the second-highest number since it started tracking the data in the 1970s.

Vandalism was up by 86 percent, and incidents targeting Jewish schools, community centers, museums and synagogues had surged by 101 percent since 2016, the report found. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in K-12 schools has roughly doubled each year for the past two years, the report said.

“This is close to an all-time high,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization’s CEO, said in an interview, adding that the last time the number of incidents was so high was nearly 25 years ago. “Anti-Semitic activity had been going down in recent years, and we’ve started to see a shift in 2016.”

Greenblatt blamed the shift on “the divisive state of our national discourse” since the election of President Trump.

“We’re living in a time where extremists feel emboldened and they’re increasingly taking action,” he said. “They feel empowered; they almost feel like they’ve been mainstreamed.”

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