(RNS) — Violent attacks against U.S. Jews doubled in 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s yearly audit of anti-Semitic incidents.
Yet the report, published days after a synagogue shooting in Poway, Calif., that killed one woman and injured three other people, shows that despite the grim spike in violence against Jews, physical assaults remained relatively rare. Anti-Semitic harassment and vandalism are far more common.
Overall, the ADL counted 1,879 incidents of anti-Semitic assault, harassment and vandalism in the United States in 2018, down 5% from the 1,986 incidents ADL recorded in 2017, but still the third-highest year on record since the ADL began tracking such data in the 1970s.
The dramatic jump in violent assaults appeared the most worrying. It included the massacre of 11 Jews