Anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks in the United States spiked to a record high in 2022, on the watch of Joe Biden. This happened in spite of his campaign promises to crack down on anti-Semites.
Anti-Semitism Growing Across the Board
The record high number of anti-Semitic attacks has been registered by a report of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish, left-leaning nonprofit.
There were a total of 3,697 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide in 2022, the second year of Biden’s White House term, including 111 violent cases, according to the ADL.
The 2022 number is the highest since the Jewish nonprofit started monitoring such attacks in 1979. It marks a 36% increase, compared to 2021 when there were 2,717 cases of anti-Semitism.
The ADL recorded increases in each category of incidents that it is monitoring.
Thus, anti-Semitic harassment went up by 29% for a total of 2,298 cases. Anti-Semitic vandalism spiked by 51% for a total of 1,288 cases, while anti-Semitic assaults grew by 26% to reach 111 cases.
Almost all of the anti-Semitic assault cases – or 107 out of 111 – did not include the use of a lethal weapon. However, one of them resulted in death, while no anti-Semitic assaults led to mass casualties.
When you see something, say something. When you report an incident to us, we compile data to assess the rising threat of antisemitism and other forms of hate. Our recent audit tracked more than 3,600 antisemitic incidents in 2022. Report at https://t.co/55GbKvQlLK. pic.twitter.com/5jGr1dGQhQ
— ADL (@ADL) March 26, 2023
The Anti-Defamation League recorded 3,697 cases of antisemitism across the country in 2022, a 36-percent increase from 2021 and a record high since it began tracking the data in 1979. https://t.co/uSKYm8x3Lq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 23, 2023
No Single Cause
More than half of the anti-Semitic assaults – 53% – targeted people who are “visibly” Orthodox Jews, ADL found.
The highest numbers of anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in the Democrat-run states of New York and California, with New Jersey, Texas, and Florida also featuring in the top five.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the “dramatic increase” in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in America in 2022 could not be ascribed to a single “cause or ideology.”
The report found “white supremacist propaganda activity” went up by 102% to 852 incidents. K-12 school incidents of anti-Semitism spiked by 49% to 494 incidents and cases on college campuses climbed by 41% to 219 incidents.
Physical attacks against Orthodox Jews saw a 69% increase for a total of 59 incidents, while bomb threats against “Jewish institutions” went up dramatically from eight cases in 2021 to 91 cases in 2022.
This is ridiculous and not remotely serious. If Kanye West wants to make amends for his vile #antisemitism, and to heal the pain he inflicted, it's a long road and he hasn't even started the journey. pic.twitter.com/VunI1DGYuS
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) March 26, 2023
Thank you, @noatishby, for speaking up and so clearly stating this truth: Anti-Zionism is antisemitism. Denying Israel's fundamental existence & singling out the Jewish state for condemnation while ignoring others goes beyond legitimate criticism of a government & its policies. https://t.co/Q33O6d97fx
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) March 24, 2023
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.
The ADL is not a credible source of info or stats on antisemitism. It counts pro-Palestinian expressions as being antisemitic. That’s wrong and dangerous.
The ADL is a racist anti-Palestinian hate organization. https://t.co/JVvAqlpvgk
— Rabbi David Mivasair🔥 (@Mivasair) March 25, 2023