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Thursday, May 08, 2003

Dramatic Increase in Global Anti-Semitic Acts noted in ADL press release

The year 2002 witnessed the highest number of violent anti-Semitic acts in more than 12 years, according to Tel Aviv University's annual report, Anti-Semitism Worldwide 2002/3, the country-by-country survey published in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the World Jewish Congress. A total of 311 violent anti-Semitic attacks were reported in 2002, among them 56 major attacks involving the use of weapons, and 255 major violent incidents.

Among the more violent attacks in the U.S. were an arson attack at an Oakland,CA synagogue, a neo-Nazi seen aiming a gun at a synagogue in Nashville, TN, and three separate attacks on the Hebrew Cemetery of Auburn in Worcester, MA (more than 120 gravestones were overturned).

The good news, according to Steven Plaut ("Israel at 55") is that only "around 21,500 Israelis have died in battle or in belligerent attacks by the Arabs since 1947." Plaut goes on to explain that, "since the destruction of the Second Temple there was probably never an era of two generations in which ONLY 21,000 Jews were killed by anti-Semites!" Thus, we are enjoying "an era of unprecedented Jewish security."