Increases in anti-Semitic vandalism and harassment that took place from 2015 to 2016 have gotten even worse so far in 2017, according to reports by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The ADL’s report includes threats, vandalism, slurs, and intimidation. In 2016, its research found 1,266 reported incidents compared to 941 in 2015. Preliminary data from 2017 is showing an 86 percent increase in anti-Semitic cases — 541 have already been reported in the first quarter compared to 291 during the same time frame in 2016.
The report states that 34 cases are linked to the 2016 presidential election. The 2016 cases include a graffiti incident from last May in Denver in which someone wrote, “Kill the Jews, Vote Trump.”
The 2017 incidents include hundreds of bomb threats made to Jewish schools and community centers across the country. In March, an 18-year-old Israeli man was charged by the Department of Justice in connection with threatening Jewish community centers in Florida.
This weekend, President Trump addressed the World Jewish Congress on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in a video message. He called for an end to anti-Semitic violence.
“We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found,” said the president.
See the president’s full address below and join the conversation:
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