Anti-Semitic incidents rose a whopping 86% in the first 3 months of 2017Unlike the less credulous Associated Press report I posted yesterday, this fairly lengthy CNN article on the ADL report did not even mention the arrest of the Jewish American guy in Israel who phoned in so many of the threats.
By Doug Criss and Carma Hassan, CNN
Updated 2:12 PM ET, Mon April 24, 2017
(CNN)In the first three months of this year, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the US was 86% higher than the same period last year, says a new report.
The report, released Monday by Anti-Defamation League, counted 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats between January and March. There were 281 incidents in the same time period in 2016.
Overall, the picture was pretty grim last year too.
The ADL says anti-Semitic were up by more than a third last year, compared with 2015. And the numbers skyrocketed since November. There were 34 cases that were linked directly to last year’s presidential election.
“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016 and what’s most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO.
“Clearly, we have work to do and need to bring more urgency to the fight. At ADL, we will use every resource available to put a stop to anti-Semitism. But we also need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter anti-Semitism.”
Perhaps America needs an Anti-Demonization League to speak out against demonization of groups that aren’t allowed to have an Anti-Defamation League?