Anti-Semitic Incidents in U.S. Surged to All-Time High in 2021, Report Finds

Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States reached an all-time high in 2021, according to an annual report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on April 26.

ADL, a Jewish civil rights organization, recorded 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment, and vandalism in 2021 — the highest number on record since 1979.

The figure averages to more than seven incidents per day and represents a 34% increase from the 2,026 incidents in 2020, ADL said.

Actions by domestic extremists attributed to nearly 18% — at least 484 — of the incidents last year, the report revealed.

ADL Center on Extremism Vice President Oren Segal said that the audit typically represented an undercount of true figures due to barriers in data collection, ABC News reported.

The surge in reported anti-Semitic incidents last year coincided with white supremacist propaganda remaining at historic levels, according to ADL.

The report also revealed a spike in anti-Semitic incidents during the fighting in May 2021 between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.

“While we have always seen a rise in anti-Semitic activity during periods of increased hostilities between Israel and terrorist groups, the violence we witnessed in America during the conflict last May was shocking,” ADL Chief Executive Officer and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

“Jews were being attacked in the streets for no other reason than the fact that they were Jewish, and it seemed as if the working assumption was that if you were Jewish, you were blameworthy for what was happening half a world away,” Greenblatt further said.

However, ADL said that the fighting in May represented only one of several spikes reported last year, including in November and December, which had no similar triggering factor.


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