A new report from the Anti- Defamation League has found a 14 percent decline in
recorded anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, the organization said
The audit of 2012 records identified 17 physical assaults, 470
cases of harassment or threat, and 440 cases of vandalism in which the target
was Jewish and the motive allegedly hatred.
While reporting an overall
decline, anti-Semitic incidents spiked in New York last year, the ADL found. A
total of 248 instances were recorded, amounting to a 28%
California, Florida and Massachusetts experienced the steepest
“While we cannot point to any single explanation for the
fluctuations from year to year, the declines of the past several years occur
within the context of the continued proliferation of hatred online,” said Barry
Curtiss-Lusher, ADL national chair.
“Unlike years ago, when racists handed out
pamphlets on street corners or sent them through the mail, the Internet provides
racists and bigots with an outlet to reach a potential audience of
In a prepared statement, the ADL noted that the number of
physical assaults has remained relatively stable.
“It is encouraging that
in the past few years we have seen a fairly consistent decline in the number of
anti- Semitic incidents in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman,
ADL national director.
“While these numbers only provide one snapshot of
anti-Semitism in America, to the extent that they serve as a barometer, the
decline shows that we have made progress as a society in confronting anti-Jewish
While the ADL devotes itself to the civil rights causes of
various minorities, the organization was originally founded to combat
It has conducted this survey annually since 1979.