“Israel must demand that the authorities in the United States eradicate the phenomenon and impose harsher punishment,” Member of Knesset Avraham Neguise stated.
The Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs discussed on Tuesday the sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the US, which culminated with the recent attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman shot 11 Jewish worshipers to death and wounded several others.
“Israel must demand that the authorities in the United States eradicate the phenomenon and impose harsher punishment,” Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise stated.
The US Jewish community is the second-largest in the world and numbers some six million people.
Jews in the US have enjoyed full and equal rights since the 18th century, “but anti-Semitism is not new either. It has always been limited in scope, and most of the population sanctified the values of equality,” Naguise noted.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in its annual audit found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the US rose by 57 percent in 2017, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since the American NGO began tracking such data in 1979.
The sharp rise was attributed in part to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row. Anti-Israel activists often serve as catalysts for on-campus anti-Semitism.
For the first time since at least 2010, an incident occurred in every US state. Naturally, the number of incidents tends to correlate with the size of the local Jewish populations.