According to reports from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday, American Jews suffreded from more anti-Semitic assaults in 2019 than any other year over the past four decades.
This events against Jews increased, among them, the deadly attacks on a California synagogue, a Jewish grocery store in New Jersey and a rabbi’s New York home.
The Jewish civil rights group counted 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, finding 61 physical assault cases, 1,127 instances of harassment and 919 acts of vandalism.
That’s the highest annual tally since the New York City-based group began tracking anti-Semitic incidents in 1979. It also marked a 12% increase over the 1,879 incidents it counted in 2018.
The group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, attributes last year’s record high to a“normalization of anti-Semitic tropes,” the “charged politics of the day” and social media.
Besides that, Greenblatt affirms that there is a worse virus than the covid-9 that never seems to go away; and it is Anti-Semitism.
The ADL defines an anti-Semitic assault
The group defines these assaults as “an attempt to inflict physical harm on one or more people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish, accompanied by evidence of antisemitic animus.”
“Anti-Semitism is a virus. It is like a disease, and it persists. It’s sometimes known as the oldest hatred,” Greenblatt said.
It never seems to go away. There truly is no single antidote or cure,” he added.
With this whole wave of non-stopping attacks agaist the Jews, the Group’s CEO seems to have no more hope, he thinks that for “this virus” there is no cure.
“It never seems to go away. There truly is no single antidote or cure,” he affirms.
“Objects were thrown at victims, antisemitic slurs were shouted, and at least three victims were hit or punched in their heads or faces,” says the report first given exclusively to The Associated Press.
The ADL’s report attributed 270 anti-Semitic incidents to extremist groups or individuals. A separate ADL report, released in February, found that 2019 was the sixth deadliest year for violence by all domestic extremists since 1970.
The ADL counted 919 vandalism incidents in 2019, a 19% increase from 774 incidents in 2018.
The ADL says it tries to avoid conflating general criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. “However, Israel-related harassment of groups or individuals may be included when the harassment incorporates established anti-Jewish references, accusations and/or conspiracy theories, or when they demonize American Jews for their support of Israel,” the report says.
Source: CBN News