Report: Anti-Semitism on the rise in Massachusetts

Incidents were reported at college campuses, community centers

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BOSTON (AP/WWLP) — New data shows that the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Massachusetts soared last year when compared to the prior year.

The Anti-Defamation League said there were 125 reported anti-Semitic incidents around the state last year, up from 50 in 2015. The group said that includes swastikas drawn in schools, hate fliers posted on college campuses and phone threats to community centers.

Robert Trestan, executive director of the ADL’s New England office, tells The Boston Globe there has been a rebirth of anti-Semitism associated with electoral politics in Europe and the U.S. Massachusetts had the 5th-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the nation in 2016.

Rabbi Justin David of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton told 22News, while he’s concerned about anti-Semitism specifically, he has a bigger concern; “I’m much more concerned about the overall political culture right now that seems to be giving cover to people, and helping them to feel emboldened to committing such acts of hatred.”

The nonprofit Anti-Defamation League tracks criminal and noncriminal acts against Jews. The information for its report comes from victims, law enforcement officials, and community leaders.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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