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Anti-Semitic Incidents Declined Across New York State in 2011

Date: November 29, 2012

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in New York State decreased slightly in 2011, according to the newly issued statistics from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents counted a total of 195 reported incidents statewide in 2011, representing a slight decrease from 205 in 2010.  New York State continued to rank second in the nation for the overall number of anti-Jewish incidents, behind California.

In the five boroughs of New York City, there were a total of 127 anti-Jewish acts, including incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism, compared to 133 in 2010.
“It is reassuring to see a decrease in anti-Semitic incidents in New York,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director.  “The vast majority of Jewish New Yorkers enjoys a level of safety and freedom and takes pride in our diversity.   However, even in New York we are not immune to anti-Semitism. A decline in the number of reported incidents should not lull us into a sense of complacency.”

"The decline of anti-Semitic incidents for the second straight year, however slight, is encouraging," added John B. Harris, ADL New York Regional Chair. "However, Jews are still being targeted in significant numbers. Through our strong educational outreach and vigorous work with law enforcement, we hope to see a continued decline in the number of incidents.”

Nationwide, the ADL Audit counted a total of 1,080 incidents reported during the 2011 calendar year, including 19 physical assaults, 731 cases of anti-Semitic harassment, threats, and events, and 330 instances of anti-Semitic vandalism. 

New York: Anti-Semitic Acts by Borough and Region

According to the ADL Audit, 77 incidents of harassment, 6 physical assaults and 112 cases of vandalism in 2011 were reported across New York State.
The following includes the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in specific regions:

• Brooklyn - 57
• Manhattan - 46
• Queens - 19
• Bronx - 4
• Staten Island - 1
• Westchester & Upstate - 20
• Long Island - 48    (Nassau: 43; Suffolk: 5)

Sampling of Anti-Semitic Incidents in New York State in 2011:

• April 22: Manhattan, New York - A Jewish organization received a call from a man who, in a profanity-laced anti-Semitic tirade, said "long live Hitler" and threatened "I will hunt you down."
• June 15: Brooklyn, New York - A Jewish man exiting a bank was approached by a woman who shouted obscene anti-Semitic phrases and spat on the victim's face.
• August 31: Monroe, New York - Three men in a car pulled up to a Jewish man who was waiting at a stop light, shouted "Jew, Jew" and hurled glass bottles at him.
• September 13: Brooklyn, New York - A subway station was defaced with the phrases "America U deserve 9/11 for your sins,” “the Jews were responsible for 9/11,” and “Down with the Jews, free Palestine."
• November 4: Brooklyn, New York – Community college defaced with swastikas and phrase "long live Nazi Germany"

About the Audit

The Audit identifies both criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats and slurs.  Compiled using official crime statistics, as well as information provided to and evaluated by ADL’s professional staff by victims, law enforcement officers and community leaders, the Audit provides an annual snapshot of a nationwide problem while identifying possible trends or changes in the types of activity reported. 

This information assists the ADL in developing and enhancing its programs to counter and prevent the spread of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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