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ADL finds US antisemitism hit all-time record over past two months

File: Protesters gather for a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel demonstration, in Rome, on Oct. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
File: Protesters gather for a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel demonstration, in Rome, on Oct. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Antisemitic incidents in the US hit an unprecedented record in the two months since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, the Anti-Defamation League reports.

The organization says it recorded 2,031 incidents between October 7 and December 7, the highest ever two-month number since the ADL began tracking antisemitism in the country in 1979. It also represented a 337-percent increase from the same period in 2022.

The cases in question included 40 incidents of physical violence, 749 of verbal attacks, 337 cases of vandalism and 905 rallies that featured antisemitic speech, support for terrorism or anti-Zionism, the latter being defined by the ADL as an expression of antisemitism for denying the Jewish right to self-determination.

The data also shows 250 incidents that targeted Jewish institutions including synagogues and campus Hillels and 400 incidents on campuses.

“This terrifying pattern of antisemitic attacks has been relentless since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, with no signs of diminishing,” says ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “The lid to the sewers is off, and Jewish communities all across the country are being inundated with hate. Public officials and college leaders must turn down the temperature and take clear action to show this behavior is unacceptable to prevent more violence.”

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