With the rise of the alt-right and white supremacy, anti-Semitic hate crimes have surged in the United States and across Europe, with anti-Semitism being the second-most-common form of anti-Jewish violence after murder, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League.
“Anti-Semitic attacks are at a historic high, and have been on the rise for some time,” said Nathan Lean, ADL’s director of national intelligence.
“But what’s especially troubling is the frequency of attacks and the ways in which they’re spreading,” he added.
“They’re targeting a wide swath of the population and the public at large.”
While anti-Muslim sentiment has spiked in the U.S., and anti-black racism has been at an all-time high, there are many reasons why hate crimes against Muslims have surged.
One is the Trump administration’s decision to designate an additional 765 Muslim-majority countries as “terrorist havens” and put them on a list of countries with a high rate of terrorism, according the Washington Post.
In addition, President Trump’s order to temporarily bar immigrants from seven Muslim-heavy countries has caused a spike in hate crime attacks and violence, with attacks targeting Jews and Muslims on a far greater scale.
“As the Trump Administration’s policy has become clear, it is clear that it is now the most dangerous time in our country’s history,” said Lean.
“We see a rise in incidents of hate crime targeting Muslim Americans, and an increase in hate-motivated vandalism and vandalism against Jewish communities,” he continued.
“And this violence is not confined to Muslim Americans.
This is happening across Europe and in the Middle East.”
While the Trump campaign’s “America First” rhetoric was a key plank of its platform, it was far from the only reason anti-semitism has been on a steep rise in the country.
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