Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose by 21 percent in 2014, according to the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual audit of anti-Semitism, the Forward (Jewish) website reports today (March 30, 2015).
The ADL counted 912 anti-Semitic incidents last year, up from 751 in 2013, with the period surrounding last summer's Gaza war seeing a surge of incidents. The tally included 36 cases of assault or other violence, 363 incidents of vandalism, and 513 cases of harassment, threats and events.
"2014 was a particularly violent year for Jews both overseas and in the United States," Abraham Foxman, ADL's national director, said in a statement. "Lethal anti-Semitism continues to pose a threat to American Jews and larger society as well."
"Anti-Jewish sentiment is increasing globally because of the oppressive behavior of Jews in power and their crimes against humanity," read one letter printed in Riverdale Press in New York that was included in the ADL audit.