The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) denounced on Monday a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic acts in the United States, both on the street and online, in the wake of the escalating war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist movement.
“As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
Greenblatt noted that the ADL is tracking and analyzing the “harassment, vandalism and violence as well as a torrent of online abuse” on social media platforms and networks being recorded around the world.
From Facebook and Twitter to TikTok or Instagram, the ADL has detected messages that include “explicit praise for Hitler, promoting tropes about Jewish control and demonizing all Jews,” with calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, including texts that read “Gas the kikes (anti-Semitic term for Jews) or Race War now.”
An analysis of Twitter in the days following the recent outbreak of violence by the ADL showed that between last May 7 and May 14 “more than 17,000 tweets used variations of the phrase ‘Hitler was right.'”
The ADL’s Center on Extremism has documented dozens of anti-Israel protests in the U.S. that were nonviolent since the violence in Israel began, but some displayed expressions of overt anti-Semitism.
These included signs invoking the anti-Semitic charge that Jews are responsible for the death of Jesus or “Holocaust analogies that demonize Zionists.”
Videos posted on Twitter appear to show a Jewish individual being beaten in Los Angeles and Jews being intimidated on the street by individuals in cars carrying Palestinian flags, according to the ADL.
New York has also seen a number of violent acts, including an attack on a 23-year-old Jewish man in the vicinity of the central Times Square last Thursday, shortly before the Middle East ceasefire was announced.
The victim, who received medical care for minor injuries at a New York hospital, was kicked and pushed by about ten people, for which a suspect has so far been arrested.
As a result, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that he has ordered the State Police to beef up its presence in Jewish neighborhoods across the state.
“In the wake of the recent unacceptable rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes across the country, I am deploying state troopers to provide security at Jewish religious, educational and community facilities,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Anti-Semitic violence and intimidation are the antithesis of the promise and purpose of New York State and will not be tolerated in any form,” he added.
New York is home to the largest Jewish community in the United States, with about 1.7 million people, mostly living in the Big Apple and nearby localities.