Antisemitic attacks are on the rise in the U.S. Here’s how politicians responded
The recent Gaza war has sparked violence against Jewish communities across the US. Here’s what’s happening.
- Since May 10, at least 26 antisemitic attacks have occurred across the U.S., reported the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) via The Washington Post.
- One week after fighting began between Israel and Hamas, the ADL said, via The Washington Post, it had received 193 reports of possible antisemitic violence, an increase from the 131 reports the ADL received the week prior.
Antisemitic attacks have occurred most frequently in Los Angeles and New York City, but reports of hate crimes against Jewish individuals have also come from Florida and Illinois. Police departments in Los Angeles and New York City expect the attacks to continue, according to CNN.
The rise of antisemitic attacks across the U.S.
Recent antisemitic violence ranges from digital to verbal to physical assaults. Other attacks have included vandalism of synagogues or Jewish community centers, reported Yahoo News and The Washington Post.
Reports from CNN, NPR and The Washington Post have all linked the recent spate of violence to heightened tensions in the Middle East. However, the recent rise in antisemitic attacks follows a broader trend of increasing hate crimes against Jewish communities.
- In 2019, the ADL recorded over 2,100 cases of assault, vandalism or harassment of Jews in the U.S. — the highest amount ever recorded, the ADL said per NPR.
- In 2020, despite widespread stay-at-home orders, the ADL recorded its third-highest number of cases, NPR reported.
ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt told CNN, “We’ve seen a series of acts of vandalism and harassment, and the abuse online ... has been staggering,”
- On Twitter, the ADL found more than 17,000 tweets with some variation of the message “Hitler was right,” NPR reported.
Organizations and politicians respond
Friday, five major Jewish organizations sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to condemn the attacks. The organizations warned that repercussions for Jews in the U.S. could be long-lasting, according to Yahoo News and NPR.
Sunday, Jewish Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., condemned the attacks, comparing them to the hate crimes that other minorities — including Asian, Black and Latino minorities— have experienced recently, said NPR.
- President Biden tweeted Monday, “The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”
- Vice President Kamala Harris also tweeted Monday, “The surge in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community in the U.S. and around the world is despicable — it must be called out, condemned, and stopped. As a country, we must stand united against hate of any kind.”