Anti-Israeli demonstrations in New York in the wake of the war
Anti-Israeli demonstrations in New York in the wake of the warREUTERS

The Jewish community in the US has experienced an unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents in 2023, far beyond any numerical data recorded in the last 45 years.

The data were published by the Anti-Defamation League, which reported 8,873 incidents of assault, harassment, and vandalism across the US.

This is a 140% increase compared to 2022, which was considered a peak year for antisemitic events.

An examination of the antisemitic incidents by the Anti-Defamation League also indicates a dramatic jump comprising 5,204 antisemitic events after October 7, a figure that reflects global trends, while Jewish communities around the world contended with increased tension and hatred in response to the slaughter and ongoing war – in campuses, public places, and anti-Israel demonstrations.

Along with these incidents, the total number of antisemitic incidents during the 12 months of 2023 exceeded the total of the last three years combined and averaged about 24 antisemitic incidents a day in the US.

In response to the new findings, the Anti-Defamation League is calling on governors across the US to formulate state-level plans similar to the White House's national strategy to combat antisemitism, the first comprehensive initiative of its kind to tackle antisemitism from all political spectrums in the US.

"Antisemitism is nothing less than a national emergency, the highest level of concern, and it is still rampant across the US, in our communities and campuses," said Jonathan Greenblatt, the global CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. "Because of who they are, American Jews are targeted at school, at work, on the street, at Jewish institutions, and even in their homes. This crisis demands immediate action from every sector of society and every state in the United States. We need every governor to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to combat antisemitism, just as the government did at the national level".

According to the Center for the Study of Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League, which leads the investigation and data collection for the organization, incidents increased in all three categories: harassment incidents jumped by 184% compared to 2022; acts of vandalism increased by 69%; and physical assaults jumped by 45%.