Anti-Semitic reported incidents spiked across the state last year, as the total number of incidents against the Jewish community hit record highs in New England and around the U.S., according to Anti-Defamation League officials who called it a “a grim reminder that anti-Semitism continues to infect our communities in real and pervasive ways.”
The ADL’s annual “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents” recorded a total of 204 anti-Semitic incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism in the New England region last year — a 32% jump from 2021, and the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever recorded in the region that covers Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont.
The Bay State accounted for 152 of those 204 anti-Semitic reported incidents. Massachusetts’ total of 152 incidents was a 41% surge from the previous year, and the state recorded the sixth highest number of incidents in the country.
Nationally, ADL recorded 3,697 anti-Semitic incidents last year, a 36% increase and the highest total since ADL started tracking such data in 1979.
“The continuing increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the region and across the country should dispel, once and for all, the myth that anti-Semitism is a problem of the past,” said Peggy Shukur, ADL New England’s interim regional director.
“Behind every one of these numbers are people who have experienced the harm, fear, intimidation and pain that reverberates from each of these incidents,” Shukur added.
In Massachusetts on Sept. 11 last year, a group held an anti-Semitic banner on a Route 1 highway overpass in Saugus, blaming the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Jewish people.
“A banner emblazoned ‘Jews did 9-11’ on our freeway overpasses may only be recorded as one incident but does not capture the harm done to every individual who saw it,” Shukur said.
A total of 71 cities and towns in Massachusetts saw at least one anti-Semitic incident last year, an increase from 54 towns in 2021, according to the ADL data.
The Boston Mapping Project, an interactive map laced with anti-Semitic tropes, pinpointed the locations of Jewish communal and other community organizations in Massachusetts, along with the names of individuals associated with them. The Mapping Project included a chilling call to “dismantle” and “disrupt” most of Boston’s Jewish community.
The number of New England incidents taking place at private homes doubled last year. These incidents include multiple swastikas at a Stoneham home, and the etching of an anti-Semitic slur on a car at a Stow home.
“The doubling of anti-Semitic incidents that occurred in homes is particularly chilling,” Shukur said. “Seeing swastikas in a front yard is deep and enduring both for the residents of that home and everyone who encounters it.
“The fact that numbers increased in nearly every category, including harassment and vandalism, is a grim reminder that anti-Semitism continues to infect our communities in real and pervasive ways,” she added. “We and our strong and resilient New England community will continue to speak up and stand strong in the face of Jew hatred.”
As reported by Boston Herald
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