Anti-Defamation League report shows increase in antisemitic incidents on Long Island
A new report from the Anti-Defamation League counted nearly 3,700 antisemitic incidents throughout the U.S. in 2022.
It's a 36% rise from the year before and the highest level recorded by the ADL since 1979.
“New York had the highest total antisemitic incidents in the country with 580, and Long Island reflects that trend,” says Etzion Neuer of the Anti-Defamation League. “We're troubled that there was an 10% increase in Long Island.”
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove has been targeted with antisemitic graffiti several times in the past year.
“It's horrifying, especially for our beloved Holocaust survivors who we treasure,” says Dana Arschin of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center.
The ADL counted 69 antisemitic incidents on Long Island in 2021. That number increased to 76 in 2022.
The climate of hate prompted Rabbi Yakov Saacks of the Chai Center in Dix Hills to ramp up security.
“All doors are locked, all windows are bulletproof, guards on a rotating basis,” says Saacks. “We have around 30 cameras watching the place, we have license plate cameras can capture that.”
Arschin says the key to fighting hate is through education.
“People who are creating these symbols on our property or spreading hate and lies on social media they just are uneducated,” says Arschin. “So, we invite them here to the museum. We want to show them that it doesn't matter what your skin color is, what your race is, what your religion is, we're all just human beings.”