An alarming report showing a record-breaking jump in antisemitic incidents should not be a surprise to anyone paying attention, says the leader of a pro-Israel ministry.
According to statistics compiled by the Anti-Defamation League American, Jews were targets of more antisemitic incidents in 2019 than any other year over the past four decades, a surge marked by deadly attacks on a California synagogue, a Jewish grocery store in New Jersey, and a rabbi's New York home.
The civil rights group counted 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, a 12-percent jump from 2018 and the highest annual tally since the New York City-based group began tracking in 1979, The Associated Press reported.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, says she and many others have been “ringing the alarm” that incidents which have plagued Europe for years were coming to the U.S.
“And it's very frightening,” she says, “to see this movement taking place here."
ADL defines an anti-Semitic assault as an “attempt to inflict physical harm on one or more people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish, accompanied by evidence of antisemitic animus.”
The latest incident happened this week in Brooklyn, where a husband and wife assaulted a group of Hasidic Jews and blamed them for spreading COVID-19 in hard-hit New York City.
“The mayor says you Jews are the reason we’re getting sick,” one of them yelled at the group before jumping from a car and attacking the group.
Cardoza-Moore says Mayor Bill De Blasio has been encouraging the anti-Semitic behavior by “calling out” the city’s Jewish community and threatening to arrest Jews who fail to follow the city’s strict COVID-19 rules.
One of the Jews assaulted in the attack told the media the group was wearing masks and keeping their distance as they walked down the street.