Anti-Semitic Harassment Incidents Increased 127 Percent in First Quarter of 2017

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Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have soared 86 percent in the first quarter in 2017, with harassment incidents increasing 127 percent, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL published a press release on April 24 stating the increase in anti-Semitism has taken place since the election in November, and anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools have doubled.

"In 2016, there was a 34 percent year-over-year increase in incidents–assaults, vandalism, and harassment–with a total of 1,266 acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions. Nearly 30 percent of these incidents (369) occurred in November and December," the ALD report said.

The increase of anti-Semitic incidents has been continuing into the first quarter of 2017. There have been 541 incidents reported so far–an 86 percent increase from the first quarter of 2016. Specifically, harassment incidents increased 127 percent since the first quarter of 2016.

The 541 anti-Semitic incidents include 380 harassments, 161 bomb threats, and 155 vandalism incidents, including three cemetery desecrations and six physical assault incidents.

Two alarming incidents the ADL cited were graffiti that said "Kill the Jews, Vote Trump" in Denver, Colorado in May 2016, and a Florida man who was accosted in November by someone who said, "Trump is going to finish what Hitler started."

Madeleine Weast

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Madeleine Weast is Assistant Social Media Editor for the Washington Free Beacon. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was a Communications Fellow at The Charles Koch Institute. Madeleine is from Prairie Village, Kansas and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @MadeleineWeast.

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