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FBI report: Antisemitic hate crimes saw sharp rise across America in 2019

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The report highlighted that antisemitic hate crimes went up 14% from 2018 to 2019, with over 60% of 2019’s religion-based hate crimes being motivated by offenders with an anti-Jewish bias

By ILANIT CHERNICK

Antisemitism in the US saw a sharp rise in 2019, according to a new report released by the FBI.

The report highlighted that antisemitic hate crimes went up 14% from 2018 to 2019, with over 60% of 2019’s religion-based hate crimes being “motivated by offenders with an anti-Jewish bias.”

Over 2019, the FBI recorded 953 antisemitic hate crimes while in 2018 this figure stood at 835 recorded incidents. Offenses included murder, assault, aggravated assault, intimidation, vandalism, and damage to property. 

In addition, the FBI reported that the vast majority of hate crimes that took place in New York were against Jews.

Last year saw several devastating antisemitic attacks across the US, which left four Jews dead and Jewish communities reeling.

In April 2019, one person was killed and three others were injured in a synagogue shooting in Poway, California. 

Later that same year, in December, two Jews were murdered in an attack at a kosher grocery store that was believed to have been motivated by both antisemitic and anti-law enforcement sentiments.

Just a few weeks later, one Jew was killed and four others wounded in an antisemitic attack at a Hannukah party in New York.

Meanwhile, another recent report on antisemitism, released by German statistics and database company Statista, also highlighted the high number of violent antisemitic crimes committed in 2019. 

The Statista report, which looked at several countries worldwide, listed the US as number two with 111 violent antisemitic attacks committed over 2019.

In a second Statista report, which focused on the US, there were 1,127 antisemitic harassment incidents and 919 acts of vandalism listed in 2019, both of which saw a significant rise from 2018.

Commenting on the shocking statistics, director of the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism Carly Gammill said that “the continuing rise in antisemitic crimes in the US should concern us all, as antisemitism is not just a Jewish problem but rather a societal disease.”

“The targeting of Jews, simply because they are Jews, betrays a deeper issue, a mindset of hateful intolerance,” she told IsraelNewsStand. “The FBI’s statistics should serve as a wake-up call to all people of goodwill to be not only vigilant in looking out for our neighbors but of the need for meaningful education and dialog.”

Gamill added that attacks against a group based on identity “don’t begin with physical assaults but with thoughts, then words, then action.”

“We must do better with our words to help ensure that bigoted mindsets do not become the masters of our conduct,” she concluded.

*Featured Image: Thousands of people participate in No Hate, No Fear Jewish Solidarity March in response to antisemitic attacks in and around city across Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock)

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