Anti-Semitic Incidents on the Rise in Florida

After several years of decline, the Anti-Defamation League reports anti-Semitism is back on the rise in Florida. The group's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents report shows that more than 10 percent of anti-Semitic incidents in the nation in 2010 occurred in Florida and that the number of incidents rose in Florida by 28 percent since 2009. 

The group reported 116 anti-Semitic incidents in Florida in 2010, up from 90 in 2009. Anti-Semitic incidents hit a peak in Florida in 2005 with 199 total but had dwindled until now. 

The incidents were broken down into three categories: 

  • 86 incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, up from 63 in 2009
  • 28 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism, up from 24 in 2009
  • 2 physical assaults on Jewish individuals in Florida, down from 3 in 2009

The report cites one particularly troubling incident in Florida. "On the day before Yom Kippur, a group of students said to a Jewish student, 'Jews starve themselves because they hate G-d.' The victim was struck six or seven times in the head and suffered a concussion."

Nationally, the group reported 1,239 incidents, up from 1,211. Most incidents were concentrated in a handful of states, and only California, New York, and New Jersey had more incidents than Florida. However, those four states have the largest Jewish populations. 

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