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2008 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents RULE Summary of Findings

Posted: June 1, 2009


Summary of Findings
The Numbers State-By-State
Graph: 2003-2008
Anti-Semitic Assaults
Anti-Semitic Vandalism
Anti-Semitic Harassment/Events
On Evaluating Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anti-Defamation League's Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents recorded 1,352 incidents in 2008. 

These included:

  • 37 physical assaults on Jewish individuals;
  • 702 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism;
  • 613 cases of anti-Semitic harassment and/or events. 

The incidents took place in 44 states and the District of Columbia and tended to coincide with locations containing significant Jewish populations.

The total number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in 2007 was 1,460.  The total number of incidents recorded in 2008 was 1,352 – a decline of approximately 7 percent.

The 2007 Audit combined some physical assaults and incidents of harassment into a single category called "Harassment," and recorded 761 incidents.  Together, those two categories in 2008 added up to 650 incidents – a decline of approximately 17%.

The 2007 Audit recorded 699 incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism.  In 2008, ADL recorded 702 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism.




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