“Unfortunately anti-Semitism has become fashionable again,” Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president for the New York Board of Rabbis, told The Times of Israel. “It’s not a big deal to hate the Jews. The first group that gets attacked is the Jews.”
"Throughout history the slanders against the Jewish people always preceded the physical assaults, and were used to justify these assaults"
This week, a Boise woman attacked her Jewish neighbor and stood on her neck until she said she believes in Jesus. Also this week, swastikas were spray painted on some 30 homes in Madison, Wisconsin.
In January, pro-Palestinian protestors stormed a New York City Council meeting that was discussing a resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. And later in the month in California, two swastikas were found spray painted onto the wall and at the doorstep of the Jewish Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity at UC Davis.
“Unfortunately, far too few have said too little for too long,” Potasnik said.Religious bias
“Very disturbingly nearly 60 percent of religious-based crimes are against Jews,” said Michael Lieberman, director of the Civil Rights Policy Planning Center for the Anti-Defamation League.Of the 5,928 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI in 2013, crimes motivated by religion accounted for 1,166 of the reported offenses, with 56.7% identified as anti-Jewish cases. (These statistics are the most updated from the FBI.)
Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,163 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed:
- 59.2 percent were anti-Jewish.
- 14.2 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim).
- 6.4 percent were anti-Catholic.
- 4.4 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
- 3.6 percent were anti-Protestant.
- 0.6 percent (7 offenses) were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.
- 11.6 percent were anti-other (unspecified) religion
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