Antisemitic acts hit historic high in 2021, report shows

26 April 2022

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League out Tuesday shows an increase in antisemitic incidents. Nationwide, they jumped to more than 2,700 reported occurrences last year, which is up 34% compared to the year before.

That’s an average of more than seven reported incidents every day.

In 2021, there were 30 reported antisemitic incidents in North Carolina, ranging from harassment to vandalism and assault. It was double more than in 2020 – when there were 13 statewide acts. Even in the midst of the pandemic, there were more than 2,000 across the country.

Over the past five years in North Carolina, 115 instances have been reported including 12 in Raleigh, another dozen in Durham; while Chapel Hill recorded eight, and Cary had seven.

This information is all part of the ADL’s audit, which tracks violence against Jewish people in America. The 2,727 cases reported last year is this is the highest number on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.

There were incidents reported in every state and the District of Columbia, according to the audit. New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Michigan and Texas accounted for a combined 58% of total incidents.

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