Antisemitic incidents in the US have gone sky-high in the last months of 2023

The Anti-Defamation League has reported more antisemitic acts in three months than they usually do in a year.

Compared to the same period last year, the number of antisemitic incidents has increased by 360% in the three months following the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack. Altogether, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have reported 3,283 incidents in the last quarter of 2023.

This three-month total is higher than the total number of antisemitic incidents tracked in any year in the last decade, except for the 2022 calendar year, where the total number reached 3,697 incidents, reports the Jerusalem Post.

According to the organisation, with 34 antisemitic incidents per day after October 7, 2023 became the year with the highest number of antisemitic attacks against Jews since ADL started tracking such incidents in the late 1970s.

These incidents include 60 incidents of physical assault, 553 incidents of vandalism, 1,353 incidents of verbal or written harassment, and 1,317 rallies, including antisemitic rhetoric, expressions of support for terrorism against the state of Israel, and anti-Zionism.

“The American Jewish community is facing a threat level that’s now unprecedented in modern history. It’s shocking that we’ve recorded more antisemitic acts in three months than we usually would in an entire year,” expressed ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

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