According to a report issued by the Anti-Defamation League, 2019 saw the highest number of nationwide anti-Semitic incidents the ADL has tabulated since the organization began tracking such incidents in 1979.
At a total of 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents, the number of anti-Semitic actions showed a 12% increase over the 1,879 incidents the ADL recorded in 2018.
Notably in 2018, according to FBI data, of the 1,617 reported victims of anti-religious hate crimes, the vast majority, 56%, were attacked by anti-Jewish offenders. Victims of anti-Islamic bias were reported as second, at 14.6% of total attacks. 2019 hate crime statistics from the FBI will not be available until the fall of 2020.
New FBI hate crime data for 2018 show that Jews were 2X more likely to be a victim of a hate crime than Muslims and 2.7X more likely than blacks. @benshapiro @DennisPrager
@larryelder @seanhannity @IngrahamAngle
@michellemalkin @Jeff_Jacoby @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/RQHqlqLqU7
— Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) November 13, 2019
According to the ADL, New York State led the country in anti-Semitic incidents with a total of 430, followed by New Jersey at 345, and California at 330.
There were 61 reported incidents of anti-Semitic assault targeting 91 people nationwide in 2019. That number represents an increase of 56% from the number of assaults in 2018. The ADL defines “assault” as “an attempt to inflict physical harm on one or more people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish, accompanied by evidence of antisemitic animus.”
Perpetrators threw objects or used guns, knives, vehicles, or hands.
Those assaults, more than half of which occurred in New York city, included five deaths. Five assaults occurred in the Los Angeles, three in Miami, and the rest were elsewhere in the country.
Of the anti-Semitic assaults of 2019, three stand out as “major attacks”:
First, on April 27, a nursing student opened fire at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego County on April 27, killing 60-year old Lori Gilbert Kaye and wounding three other victims.
Second, on December 10, a man and a woman, believed to be acting upon hatred for Jews and law enforcement, shot and killed a police detective near a Jersey City cemetery and then proceeded to kill three more people at a Jewish market.
Third, on December 28, a man stabbed five people attending a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York. One victim, Josef Neumann, died of his injuries three months later.
The man accused of stabbing people in a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York, during a Hanukkah celebration has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges https://t.co/FT0Qot1oB3 pic.twitter.com/JRJNTxkzKI
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 3, 2020
Local statistics for two areas in the US stand out as particularly troubling for the 2019 uptick in anti-Semitic activity.
California reported an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes of 12% in 2019, despite the fact that hate crimes there decreased by 4.8% overall.
Anti-Semitic hate crimes rise in California, but overall hate crimes decline https://t.co/RPJLHOIez0
— Mercury News (@mercnews) July 2, 2020
New York City alone recorded an even higher increase of 26% in anti-Semitic hate crimes, with 234 total, compared to 186 in 2018.
At the end of 2019 alone, there were 14 incidents of violence against Jews in New York City within a mere four weeks, including assaults on Jews simply walking down the street.
With ever-increasing concerns about anti-Semitic attacks, especially violent ones, the Jewish community has had to reflect on what they can do to protect themselves.
In New York City, after the vicious stabbing on Hanukkah in Monsey, the ADL called on officials to increase security and legal action against anti-Jewish attackers.
New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea increased police presence at houses of worship after the Jewish market killing.
One leader in Massachusetts, Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, MA, asked his congregants to bring guns to their synagogue. Rodkin told WBUR News that he believed that the armed officer at the Chabad of Poway shooting prevented casualties by firing at the killer.
Dov Hikind, Jewish activist and founder of Americans Against AntiSemitism, told Daily Wire in January that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio need to be “held accountable,” not for the increase in anti-Semitism, but for its persistence.
“They are, however, responsible for reacting appropriately and swiftly to restore the sense of security that has been robbed of the Jewish community.”
He also added that law enforcement officers need to be permitted to do their jobs in order to help the Jewish community:
“There’s no doubt that when respect for law enforcement is undermined, so is respect for the law itself.
“Add to that the lack of consequences for violent anti-Semitic criminals, and there’s no doubt as to why there’s a lack of deterrence and the attacks continue unabated. The police of New York City are the best; they just need to be enabled to do their jobs with the dignity and respect they deserve.
“Strong policing ensures safe communities; they go hand in hand. It remains to be seen if these trends will be reversed or if they continue to deteriorate.”
Speaking of hate crimes, here’s a recent report from Law Enforcement Today.
One would think that when something that was originally thought to be an egregious hate crime is discovered to be something purely harmless, that people would breathe out a sigh of relief.
That is, unless you’re a race-baiting huckster trying to get your face on national television every 30 minutes.
Of course, the race-baiting huckster we are referring to is the fake reverend, the witch doctor, the anti-Semite Al Sharpton. No, Sharpton isn’t buying this whole “garage door pull rope” bit.
This past week, no-name NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, whom nobody outside of racing fans had ever heard of, gained prominence when he announced that someone had placed a noose in the garage stall he was assigned to at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
Of course, the media mob, anxious to prove that America is a racist country, and those who are fomenting racial strife in the country jumped all over it.
This was perfect.
NASCAR, with southern roots, confederate flags, and rifle-toting redneck fans could no longer hide the fact that it was home to racists.
Moreover, the racists were INSIDE the sport.
How else could someone have placed a noose in the garage area, where multi-million-dollar race cars and equipment are stored for race weekend? With cameras everywhere? This HAD to be an inside job. NASCAR was home to closet racists!
Exactly. "Tucker Carlson: FBI Won’t Arrest Rioters, But Sent 15 Agents To Investigate ‘Absurd’ Bubba Wallace Noose Story" https://t.co/l87ya02ACh
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 24, 2020
Bubba Wallace? The perfect man at the perfect time, as the only African American driver in the senior circuit of NASCAR.
How serious was this? The FBI sent FIFTEEN special agents to Alabama to investigate, while historical statues and monuments are getting toppled and burned across the country.
Insurrection? Screw that! We have us a real genuine hate crime!
Anyone who had eyes open and didn’t have an agenda to promote the “racism is everywhere” narrative in the United States knew this didn’t smell right.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 25, 2020
Except of course, for the anti-Trump mafia that populates left-wing cable television news…oh, and of course, ESPN. This noose in Wallace’s garage was Trump’s fault.
After all, the only racists in the country are Republican, white male Trump supporters. And everyone knows, NASCAR fans are primarily white and male and tend to be conservative. This was perfect!
Except it wasn’t. According to reports, Wallace did not even see the “noose” himself. But he was so distraught after hearing about it that he cried on national television.
Fellow drivers pushed his car down pit road to the front of the field at the beginning of the rain-postponed race, which took place on Monday instead of Sunday.
The story started to unravel when it was discovered that the “noose,” aka garage door pull, had been in place at least since last October. NASCAR admitted in a statement that it was in fact a garage door pull “fashioned” in the design of a noose. As some on normal cable news outlets surmised, the “noose” probably couldn’t have fit around the neck of a chicken.
All of this of course was not enough for Slick Al. Breitbart News reported that on Morning Joe on MSNBC Wednesday, Sharpton said that both the FBI and NASCAR were still allegedly referring to what was found in the garage as a “noose.”
Sharpton also suggested that someone deliberately assigned Wallace the garage with the “noose,” and continually referred to Wallace as a “victim and possible target.” Detective Al also said he didn’t think the investigation was closed.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 23, 2020
“The FBI identified it as a noose. NASCAR said it was a noose or went along with the FBI’s characterization. It was a noose,” sharpie Sharpton said.
“So, the questions is, even if they did not know that Bubba Wallace was going to use that stall, why was a noose in the stall? It’s clear what a noose represents.
And I think to go whether or not they knew that sooner or later the one black driver would use that stall really doesn’t answer why it was in the stall at all. And then did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there?
“So, I don’t think this answers a lot of questions. And clearly, from what we just saw of Bubba Wallace, it does not seem he, who is the victim and possible target in this matter, seems to be satisfied with this. So, I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.”
Sharpton not ready to give up on the NASCAR “noose” story: "It’s clear what a noose represents … And then did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry." pic.twitter.com/xzq5hQIWC5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 24, 2020
According to Yahoo News, the FBI reported on Tuesday, “The noose found in garage number 4 [at Talladega Superspeedway] was in the garage as early as October 2019…nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”
For his part, Wallace said, “The photo evidence I’ve seen and have in my possession [shows] it was a garage pull that was a noose,” he told NBC on Wednesday. “It was definitely in the shape of a noose. It wasn’t a functioning noose.”
The FBI continued in its statement that no federal crime had been committed.
That, however, is not enough for the mob.
The media was begging for this to be more than it was, as they breathlessly said that Black Lives Matter is right, that America is a racist country, that all of the looting, burning, rioting, and killing was justified. It was Trump’s fault! This HAD to be a Trump supporter!
Of course, the left-wing media mob can never admit that they got it wrong, In some cases, despite evidence to the contrary, they doubled down on the narrative.
Even after acknowledging that the “noose” was not directed at him, he defiantly said, “but it was a noose.” Wallace could have calmed things down a bit, but he continued to play the victim.
Aside from Sharpton, we also got to hear from another race-baiter and Trump hater, Atlantic columnist Jemele Hill, who somehow got another job after getting axed from of all places ESPN. She wasn’t buying the “not a noose” thing either. First of all, when the news came out about the alleged “noose,” Hill said it was representative of a racist institution, “a disgusting reminder of who this sport is for.”
The Atlantic's Jemele Hill has a message for NASCAR fans… https://t.co/oMDY0DCOGE
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 23, 2020
She later doubled down on her initial comments, tweeting:
“It. Was. A. Noose. They just don’t believe it was directed at Bubba Wallace.” First of all, the only ones saying it was a noose is the left-wing media…oh, and Wallace. Hill is famous for looking for racism where none exists. She has a long and storied history of cooking up race conspiracies.
It. Was. A. Noose.
They just don’t believe it was directed at Bubba Wallace.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 24, 2020
As New York Post columnist Kyle Smith questioned, why is it that Sharpton is continually dragged out of whatever hole he comes from “to discuss hate crimes that didn’t really happen?” The man can barely put a coherent sentence together. His MSNBC show “Politics Nation” is a train wreck. But somehow this guy keeps getting paraded out there by the NBC News family of networks as some kind of expert on race relations.
Sorry to disappoint everyone who thought this proved the existence of a racist culture either in NASCAR or throughout our culture. It doesn’t exist. Time to find another bogus victim of a bogus hate crime.
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