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2009 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents RULE Anti-Semitic Harassment

Posted: July 27, 2010

The Numbers State-By-State
Anti-Semitic Assaults
Anti-Semitic Harassment
Anti-Semitic Vandalism
Online Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism at Anti-Israel Rallies
Westboro Baptist Church

ADL recorded 760 cases of anti-Semitic harassment in 2009 up from 613 the year before.  Incidents included verbal attacks and slurs against Jewish individuals (or individuals perceived to be Jewish); anti-Semitism conveyed in written or electronic communications, including anti-Semitic cyberbullying; and anti-Semitic speeches, picketing, or events.

Expressions of political criticism of Israel are not included in this category.  However, public expressions of anti-Israel sentiment that demonize Israelis and/or Jews, that deny Jews their right to self-determination in an independent state, or that equate Israel with the Nazi regime, are included.

The following is a list of selected incidents of anti-Semitic harassment in 2009:

  • January 27, 2009: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- A Jewish student was subjected to anti-Semitic slurs and jokes during class; the teacher allegedly allowed this harassment to continue.
  • February 5, 2009: Tidewater, Virginia -- Students held a "Kick a Jew Day."
  • February 6, 2009: Weston, Massachusetts -- A high school biology teacher made anti-Jewish comments while teaching about genetics.
  • February 15, 2009: Seattle, Washington -- A dead rat was left on the doorstep of a Holocaust survivor who had recently been the subject of a newspaper article.
  • March 2, 2009: Monroe Township, New Jersey --Harassing phone calls were received by several people in connection with a Holocaust memorial program.  Messages included, "I am a Christian and I hate the f---ing dirty Jews."
  • April 1, 2009: New York, New York -- Three Jewish professors at Columbia University's Teachers College received envelopes containing swastikas in their mailboxes.
  • May 11, 2009: Madison, Connecticut -- A student was taunted by a classmate with comments such as "I hate all Hebrews," "I have some German relatives who would love to kill you," and "Jews are easy targets."
  • June 1, 2009: Munster, Indiana -- A Jewish student was passed a note on which a classmate had drawn a photo of Hitler pointing a gun at a Jew holding a dollar bill.  An anti-Semitic caption was included.
  • June 27, 2009: Fair Lawn, New Jersey -- As families were exiting synagogue, a passing car slowed down and a passenger yelled, "Six million more!  Six million more!"
  • November 12, 2009: Wallingford, Connecticut -- An actor taking part in a Hansel and Gretel scene told onlookers, "If there are any Jews here, you have to go into the ovens first."

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ADL Audit: 1,211 Anti-Semitic Incidents Across the Country in 2009

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