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Anti-Semitic incidents rose a whopping 86% in the first 3 months of 2017
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Anti-Semitic incidents rose a whopping 86% in the first 3 months of 2017

The report, released Monday by Anti-Defamation League, counted 541 antisemitic attacks and threats between January and March. 

There were 281 incidents in the same time period in 2016.

Overall, the picture was pretty grim last year too.

The ADL says antisemitic incidents were up by more than a third last year, compared with 2015. And the numbers skyrocketed since November. There were 34 cases that were linked directly to last year's presidential election.

"There's been a significant, sustained increase in antisemitic activity since the start of 2016 and what's most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the ADL's CEO. 

"Clearly, we have work to do and need to bring more urgency to the fight. At ADL, we will use every resource available to put a stop to antisemitism. But we also need more leaders to speak out against this cancer of hate and more action at all levels to counter antisemitism."

 

Around the world 

While cases of violence and harassment against Jews ticked up significantly in the US, they were down worldwide, according to a report by the Kantor Center. Cases of violence against Jews worldwide dipped 12% last year, from 410 incidents in 2015 to 361 in 2016, the report says.

But a top official at the Kantor Center, which compiles a database of antisemitic incidents, says that's no reason for anyone to relax.

"2016 was a dramatic year for many around the world and for Jews it was a year of contradictions," said Moshe Kantor, a businessman and philanthropist who the center is named for.

"While the number of antisemitic incidents has decreased worldwide in 2016, the enemies of Jewish people have found new avenues to express their antisemitism with a significant increase of hate online and against less protected targets like cemeteries," added Kantor, who is president of the European Jewish Congress. "This means, in fact, the motivation has not declined and the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities remains fragile."

The Kantor Center primarily attributes the drop to improved security measures (including intelligence agencies increasing the surveillance of extremist groups) and the arrival of waves of mostly-Muslim refugees from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe taking the extreme right's attention away from Jewish communities.

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