ADL Reports Anti-Semitic Incidents Up Sharply in Pennsylvania

The desecreation at Mount Carmel Cemetery was one of the anti-Semitics incidents catalogued by the Anti-Defamation League. Photo by Jon Marks

Anti-Semitic incidents in Pennsylvania increased 19 percent in the first quarter of 2017 — on the heels of a 56 percent increase in 2016, according to data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The 19 incidents reported in the first quarter included 11 harassment incidents (counting three bomb threats) and eight incidents of vandalism (including the Mount Carmel Cemetery desecration), although no assaults.

There were 67 anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2016, which includes 42 harassment and threat incidents and 25 incidents of vandalism.

“These recent incidents fly in the face of Pennsylvania’s history as a haven for religious freedom, and Pennsylvanians will not tolerate anti-Semitism or hate in any form. We have been inspired to see law enforcement, elected officials and folks of all backgrounds and beliefs standing together against anti-Jewish hate in the Keystone State,” said Nancy Baron-Baer, director of the ADL’s Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware region.

Baron-Baer noted that 2016 had the most anti-Semitic incidents in about a decade.

The ADL said there were 541 incidents nationwide in the first quarter of 2017, an 86 percent increase from the year before and 1,266 incidents in all of 2016, up 34 percent from 2015.


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