BOSTON - A Jewish civil rights organization says while the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Massachusetts was down last year compared to 2017, there were some disturbing upward trends.
The Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday it recorded 144 anti-Semitic incidents in Massachusetts in 2018, a nearly 20% decrease compared to 2017. Of those, 82 were acts of vandalism that included anti-Semitic messages, and 59 were harassment. Fifty-eight cities and towns in the state recorded at least one anti-Semitic incident.
The ADL said there were three reported assaults against Jews in the state last year, compared to none in 2017. Those numbers reflect a national trend of rising anti-Semitic assaults.
The face of #grief #resilience #hope #solidarity in #Boston When safest places became the most dangerous, we stand up, speak up, & support one another. #Antisemitism will never stop the community from praying or celebrating in scared spaces#PowaySynagogueShooting pic.twitter.com/kYuIs2GdKo— ADL New England (@ADL_NewEngland) April 28, 2019
ADL New England Regional Director Robert Trestan says "after years of hate becoming normalized, bigots are turning their anti-Semitism into action through violence."
In 2018, the U.S. saw a spike in anti-Semitic violence, including the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. This new @ADL report reveals the extent of the rise of anti-Semitism in America, and underscores our obligation to fight it at every turn.https://t.co/IMcO332QzZ— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) April 30, 2019
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