Anti-Semitic incidents surge in US: report

DW – February 27, 2018

Anti-Semitic incidents rose 57 percent in the US last year, according to a report published by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday.

The increase marked the largest increase in a single year since the Jewish organization began recording anti-Semitic incidents in 1979.

“It had been trending in the right direction for a long time,” ADL chief executive Jonathan A. Greenblatt told The New York Times. “And then something changed.”

Why there is a significant increase: While the ADL said part of the increase could be pegged to an increase in reporting of incidents at schools, other groups have pointed to rising right-wing extremism.

Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center said neo-Nazi groups operating in the US grew by 22 percent, saying “President Trump in 2017 reflected what white supremacist groups want to see.”