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Anti-Semitic Incidents in the U.S. at its Lowest Rate in Two Decades

Annual audit reveals a 13 percent decline

By: David Shear
Published: November 1st, 2012 in News » World
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, acts of anti-Semitism reported throughout the United States in 2011 was at its lowest in two decades.

The audit, released on November 1st, shows a decline of 13 percent over the previous year with a total of 1,080 incidents reported, compared to 1,239 in 2010.

“It is encouraging that over the past five or six years we have seen a consistent decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents across the country and that the numbers are now at a historic low,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. “To the extent that these incidents serve as a barometer, the decline shows that we have made progress as a society in confronting anti-Semitism and pushing it to the far fringes, making expressions of anti-Jewish hatred unacceptable. These declining numbers, while promising, must nevertheless be viewed in the context of other factors, including online expressions of anti-Semitism that are impossible to quantify and often go unchecked.”

Not surprisingly, the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported was higher in states with larger Jewish populations.

The top four states with reported incidents were California with 235; New York, with 195 incidents New Jersey, with 144 incidents in 2011, and Florida, with 111 incidents in 2011.

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