Is Anti-Semitism on the Rise?

Anti-Semitic attacks appear to be increasing following a series of incidents in northern New Jersey, “including the attempted murder of a rabbi after incendiary devices were thrown at his home above a synagogue,” according to CNN. The attempt on the rabbi’s life was the fourth reported incident in the past month in Bergen County. Synagogues and temples have been the main targets through vandalism and arson.

In November, as Care2′s Kristina Chew reported, cars in a Jewish New York neighborhood were set on fire and a Hasidic man was attacked in Williamsburg. Additionally, windows were smashed at five stores owned by Jewish merchants in Middlesex County.

Officials are unwilling to draw conclusions about why anti-Semitic incidences have spiked in the Northeast, but “according to a November survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 15% of Americans hold deeply anti-Semitic views; that figure stood at 12% in the 2009 survey.”

Some speculate that the rise in anti-Semitism may be linked to the recessed economy and the long-held perception of Jews as miserly bankers and businessmen who hold more than their share of the wealth.

Whatever the cause, the hatred and violence needs to stop. Many synagogues and temples in the Northeast have requested more police presence in their neighborhoods in hopes of deterring would-be vandals.

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Glenn K.
Glenn K.3 years ago

It's certainly on the rise on the left these days. However, I still find most on the left are not anti-semitic. The right is split. I know Christians that are oddly anti-Jewish, but pro-Israeli, figure that one out? I think they must have severe cognitive dissonance. As for the left, it's all about two things all those on Wall st. Jews that they believe own everything ( shades of the Protocols of Zion) and Palestine ( I mean Israel) but wait a min. didn't those nefarious Jews steal that too from the rightful owners the Arabs? ( anti-European colonialism.) So, yes antisemitism is on the rise from both political sides these days.

Charli S.
Charlotte S.3 years ago

Any time there is fiscal problems people look for scapegoats rather then looking at their own actions (IE not voting intelligently, voting despite evidence officials are liars and cheats) We have voted in the biggest group of liars in cheats in the history of our nation. With only 30% of us voting is it any wonder?

Ashley D.
Ashley D.4 years ago

I have been to Israel twice and apparently even Israeli citizens are questioning the removal of Arab-Israeli property in settlement areas. It is a far from perfect situation: if the original children of Israel had followed God's commandments respecting the stranger in their midst, as Jesus sought to do, perhaps there would be greater understanding between Jews and Arab-Israelis. But let us not forget that God still has a special place on His heart for the Jews. I support Christian Friends of Israel, a charity that supports Arab-Israelis as well as tries to promote a better understanding of Israel, not least through its annual lobby of Parliament.

Carol Reins
Carol Reins4 years ago

I grew up in mostly black and Jewish neighborhood, with the 'poor white trash'(us!) and the fights between blacks and Jews was something I couldn't understand...two communities that had been sold in slavery and the Jews that faced pogroms and the Final Solution. They had so much in common and yet in 1968 a race riot happened on Plymouth Avenue(where there were mostly Jewish stores and Solomons(the best penny candy in the world). It was torched and mot of the Jewish kids in school moved to the suburbs. I had mostly Jewish friends(we were not pretty and too smart and wore geeky clothes.) remember the Peter Pan collars?I waited outside of Toma Torah for them to finis their Hebrew lessons...yes i was the goyim or shicksa, but only one father refused to let me in the house, because I was German and wore a cross...I didn't understand, but now I have collected so many books on the diaspora and the Holocaust...I still can't wrap my head around the systematic slaughter of a people who were innocent of the crimes the virulent "Christian" hatred. Comments like " I got Jewed", she must be Jewish, look at her nose..and now with the financial crisis we have had, I have heard the same blame that was spread by the Brown Shirts and Hitler. It never ends. And the loss of friendship and an understanding of others is lost with war and retaliation. And now the Muslim community is coming under fire...simply because they are different, but we are alike in more ways than different. Say hi and if yo

Sarah C.
Sarah C.4 years ago

I know some very nice Messianic Jews. And I so agree with Michaela P. and Jon H.

Hermon M.

Izrael's present policy is on the wrong track.This will not bring peace not only in the region but worldwide too.

doug s.
Past Member 4 years ago

israel continues to cause trouble, and people continue not liking it. any country founded on religion is unhealthy... israel is no different. fanatics arguing over who has the best imaginary friend...

again, while i am disgusted by israel's behavior shown in this article, i am saddened by the reactions israel is causing, shown in the comments below the article...

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago



"And you can write that I am disgrace to humanity, I don't mind, on the contrary. Let's make a deal: I will do all I can to expel the Arabs from here, I will do all I can to increase anti-Semitism, and you will write poems and essays about the misery of the Arabs and be prepared to absorb the Yids I will force to flee to this country and teach them to be a light unto the gentiles. How about it?"

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Doug S

There is a wealth of literature and speeches showing that the Zionists actually encourage and engender anti-semitism. Have you seen this? Ariel Sharon speaks to Amos Oz. I have abridged this as I don't think the whole interview will fit in.

"Let me tell me [sic] what is the most important thing, the sweetest fruit of the war in Lebanon: It is that now they don't just hate Israel. Thanks to us, they now also hate all those Feinschmecker Jews in Paris, London, New York, Frankfurt and Montreal, in all their holes. At last they hate all these nice Yids, who say they are different from us, that they are not Israeli thugs, that they are different Jews, clean and decent. Just like the assimilated Jew in Vienna and Berlin begged the anti-Semite not to confuse him with the screaming, stinking Ostjude, who had smuggled himself into that cultural environment out of the dirty ghettos of Ukraine and Poland. It won't help them, those clean Yids, just as it did not help them in Vienna and Berlin. Let them shout that they condemn Israel, that they are all right, that they did not want and don't want to hurt a fly, that they always prefer being slaughtered to fighting, that they have taken it upon themselves to teach the gentiles how to be good Christians by always turning the other cheek. It won't do them any good. Now they are getting it there because of us, and I am telling you, it is a pleasure to watch."


"And you can write that I am disgrace to humanity, I don't

doug s.
Past Member 4 years ago

earlier, i stated that israel's policies have been a major cause of anti-semitism. i got quite a bit of unpleasant replies to this notion. well, for all you doubters, check out this article. not so much the article itself, but comments from its readers, which follow...