Antisemitic incidents in U.S. surged 360% after Hamas attack: ADL

AXIOS - Antisemitic incidents in the U.S. have more than tripled in the three months following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Israel, according to new Anti-Defamation League (ADL) preliminary data.

Driving the news: Antisemitic cases involving incidents like physical assault, harassment and vandalism, were higher than the total number of antisemitic episodes tracked in almost every year since ADL started monitoring this data in the late 1970s, the group said Wednesday.

By the numbers: The ADL documented 3,283 antisemitic incidents between Oct. 7, 2023, and Jan. 7, the group's report said. That's a 360% jump from the same period a year earlier.

  • At least 628 incidents were reported against Jewish institutions such as synagogues and community centers.
  • The report said 505 incidents occurred on college campuses, and another 246 were reported in K-12 schools.
  • About two-thirds of the reported incidents could be directly related to the Israel-Hamas war, the ADL report said.

Zoom out: Since Oct. 7, there was an average of nearly 34 antisemitic incidents per day, putting 2023 on track to be the highest year for antisemitic acts against Jews, according to ADL records.

  • The preliminary three-month tally is higher than the total number of antisemitic incidents tracked in any year in the last decade, except for 2022, when the number of such incidents reached a historic high of 3,697.

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