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Monday, May 23, 2005

'ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents At Highest Level in Nine Years'

New York, NY, April 4, 2005 … Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have reached their highest level in nine years, according to newly released statistics from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued today, reported a total of 1,821 anti-Semitic incidents in 2004, an increase of 17 percent over the 1,557 incidents reported during 2003.

Among the factors contributing to the increase, according to the Audit, were stepped up activity by organized neo-Nazi hate groups and a spike in reports of anti-Jewish harassment and intimidation in America's schools.

"We had hoped that the trend of the past few years would continue; that acts of anti-Semitism would decline or at least remain static," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The increase shows that there are still too many who feel emboldened to act out their anti-Jewish animus. It is extremely disturbing that young children in school are being confronted with in-your-face anti-Semitism. We had long thought that that was a thing of the past, but obviously we were wrong."


(hat tip: dave)

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