The number of anti-Semitic attacks in the US jumped nearly fourfold after Hamas fighters launched their deadly raids in southern Israel on October 7, according to a monitoring group.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) counted 312 anti-Semitic incidents between October 7-23, ranging from harassment to vandalism and physical assaults.
That’s a 388 percent rise on the 64 incidents from the same period last year.
ADL’s research was released on Wednesday amid shocking reports about attacks in the US on Jewish people and premises, and similar incidents involving Palestinian-Americans, Arabs and Muslims.
It comes as America is convulsed by the deepening conflict in the Middle East.
Pro-Palestinian groups rallied in Tampa, Florida, which brought reactionary protesters for the local Jewish community, in the days after the Hamas atrocities in Israel
Temple Beth Israel in Fresno, California, was vandalized in the days after the Hamas outrage
Israel intensified its overnight bombing of southern Gaza overnight, killing records numbers of Palestinians, as it seeks to eliminate the Hamas group that murdered and captured hundreds of people, mostly civilians, in brazen raids earlier this month.
Millions of Americans were shocked by the viciousness of Hamas’ strikes. Others have focussed on the suffering of blameless residents Gaza and their dashed hopes for an independent Palestinian nation.
Jonathan Greenblatt says anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL, said anti-Semitic attacks usually rise in the US and elsewhere after conflict erupts in Israel.
‘We are witnessing a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic activity here while the war rages overseas,’ said Greenblatt.
ADL researchers described a series of worrying incidents, including a Jewish student being harassed, shoved, and called a ‘F***ing Zionist’ at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan, on October 9.
Likewise on October 18, a pro-Palestinian protestor harassed a group of Israelis and assaulted at least one of them in Times Square, in New York City, researchers said.
In Los Angeles, an activist shouted ‘I am Hamas’ and made death threats to Jewish customers outside a Kosher restaurant on October 10.
Of the recorded 312 antisemitic incidents, 190 were directly linked to the terror outrage and Israel’s counteroffensive against Hamas in the densely-packed Palestinian enclave, Gaza, the ADL says.
Protesters rallied in downtown Los Angeles to protest the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip by Israel
Meanwhile, the US Department of Homeland Security has warned of a rise in hate crimes against Muslims and Arabs as well as Jews linked to the war in the Middle East.
In a separate memo to law enforcement agencies in Washington, DC, the department warned of a greater ‘threat of terrorism and targeted violence’ as the Israel-Hamas war escalates.
DHS says houses of worship, demonstrations and events, and US military assets are likely targets.
Among the most shocking attacks against Muslim Americans led to the stabbing attack that left a six-year-old Palestinian boy, Wadea Al-Fayoume, dead, and his mother Hanan Shaheen, 32. badly injured.
Their landlord, Joseph Czuba, faces murder, attempted murder and hate crime charges for the October 14 attack in the suburbs of Chicago.
The 71-year-old reportedly ‘flipped’ after watching news coverage of the Hamas attack.
Six-year-old Palestinian boy Wadea Al-Fayoume was knifed to death in Illinois by an attacker who was allegedly influenced by the Israel-Hamas war
A cop tries to separate pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel demonstrators at a rally in New York City
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, says mosques across the US are boosting their security, while Muslim Americans are braced for more attacks.
Tensions are rising in the US amid scenes of carnage and chaos in Gaza and as violence flares elsewhere in the Middle East.
Israel launched strikes on Gaza after Hamas militants attacked southern Israeli towns on October 7, slaughtering 1,400 people, most of them civilians, and taking some 222 people hostage.
Gaza’s health ministry said at least 6,546 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli bombardments since that attack, including 2,704 children.
Of the total, 756 had been killed in the previous 24 hours, half of them children, it said — more than the 704 it reported on Tuesday.
Clashes have also intensified in the occupied West Bank, where the Israeli military has killed more than 100 Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said.