(JNS.org) The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, published Monday, shows that the total number
of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. went down by 14 percent in 2012, marking the continuation of a three-year trend of the decline of such incidents.
Click photo to download. Caption: ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The report looks at criminal and non-criminal
incidents reported to ADL in 35 states and Washington, DC. In 2012, according
to the report, there were 927 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. Among
those incidents, 17 were physical assaults, 470 were cases of harassment
and threats, and 440 involved vandalism.
“While we cannot point to any single
explanation for the fluctuations from year to year, the declines of the past
several years occur within the context of the continued proliferation of hatred
online,” said Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL national chair. “Unlike years ago, when
racists handed out pamphlets on street corners or sent them through the mail,
the Internet provides racists and bigots with an outlet to reach a potential
audience of millions.”
“While these numbers only provide one snapshot
of anti-Semitism in America, to the extent that they serve as a barometer the
decline shows that we have made progress as a society in confronting
anti-Jewish hatred,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.