Anti-Semitism on the rise in the United States
According to the Anti-Defamation League, a human rights advocacy organization based in New York City, the incidence of anti-Semitic acts jumped by 27 percent in New York in 2012. A report by the ADL, claims that there were 248 incidents statewide in 2012. Of those, 172 occurred in New York City. Released on July 22, the report compiled incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism. Of the fifty states in the US, New York had the most anti-Semitic incidents in 2012. A spokesman for the ADL said that Jews are still being targeted throughout New York.
The organization tallied an almost 30 percent increase in the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in New York. Eighty-seven incidents happened in Brooklyn, while Long Island had 56 incidents. And across the United States, the ADL reported 927 in 2012. These included 17 assaults.
A sampling of the incidents include:
A Jewish educational institution received telephone messages warning Jews that a nuclear Holocaust is coming while threatening to "execute all Jews."
Swastikas were painted on a number of Jewish community buildings in Brooklyn.
The phrase "F*** the Jewish,” as well as swastikas were scrawled on playground equipment in a public park.
The Kingston Avenue subway station in New York City was besmirched with graffiti proclaiming, “Hitler was right re the Jews,” and "The world would be much better off if all of the Jews were lampshades."
First Christians painted fresco of woman some claim depicts a female priest.
Newly discovered wooden structure reveals the beginning of Buddhism.
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