By Ben Sales 

Anti-Jewish incidents jumped nearly 20 percent in 2021


March 17, 2023

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A man and girl in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn stand opposite a police van, Dec. 31, 2019. Brooklyn was the location of more than one-third of the total number of anti-Semitic assaults committed last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

(JTA) - A new FBI report found that anti-Jewish incidents increased nearly 20% in 2021 relative to 2020, but decreased relative to prior years.

The updated FBI statistics released Monday counted 817 anti-Jewish criminal offenses reported by local law enforcement agencies in 2021, up from 683 in 2020 - a year when people largely stayed off the streets for a substantial period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 numbers, however, represent a 15% decline from 2019, when the FBI reported 963 hate crimes, as well as a slight decline from 2018, when FBI statistics show 847 hate crimes.


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