Friday, June 3, 2016

Anti-Semitism jumps by more than 100% in New England

American Jews (illustrative)
American Jews (illustrative)

Anti-Semitic incidents in New England are up more than 100% this year, according to numbers released this week by the Anti-Defamation League.

In 2015, an average of five such incidents occurred each month, while so far this year, there have been over 10 each month. The increase is "fueled by vandalism, harassment, and other acts at schools and colleges," reports the Boston Globe.

“Clearly, people are acting out on some long-held stereotypes and hatred toward Jews," said Robert Trestan, director of the New England Regional Office of the ADL, "and it’s designed to send a message of intimidation. We’re increasingly living in an environment where incivility is becoming common and accepted practice.” READ MORE