U.S. on Track to Experience ‘Historically High’ Number of Anti-Semitic Incidents for Another Year, According to Anti-Defamation League

FILE – This Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, shows a painted rock found as part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, in honor of the people killed during worship services several days earlier. A Jewish civil rights group says anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. remained near a record-high level in 2018, partially fueled by a sharp increase in physical assaults. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The United States is on track to record another year with a “historically high” number of anti-Semitic incidents, the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday.

In the first six months of 2019, the Jewish civil rights group counted 780 cases that include vandalism, arson and the distribution of white supremacist propaganda at synagogues and other Jewish institutions, according to a news release.

The group said this year’s numbers nearly matched the first six months of 2018, with 785 incidents.

The worst year for anti-Semitic acts in the United States since the ADL began counting three decades ago was 2017. The group documented nearly 2,000 cases of physical assaults, vandalism, bomb threats, and other incidents, including the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

That number represented a nearly 60 percent increase over 2016, the organization has said.

The group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, attributed the spike to “a rising climate of incivility, the emboldening of hate groups and widening divisions in society.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tim Stelloh