Deutch Statement on ADL’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents

Washington

Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL), co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and member of the Interparliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism, issued this statement following the release of the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents:

“The information in the Anti-Defamation League’s new audit is chilling. Not only is antisemitism on the rise, with 2021 incidents up 34 percent over 2020 and violent assaults up by 178 percent, but 2021 was the worst year for antisemitism ADL has recorded to date. Here in Florida, we saw 190 incidents of antisemitism—the fourth highest in the nation. It is clear: Jewish institutions and members of the Jewish community in America are increasingly under attack.

“Unfortunately, the findings of the audit are not surprising. The Jewish community and our allies in the fight against antisemitism have seen for ourselves the increase in harassment and attacks in our own communities. Just last week, my own community of Boca Raton was targeted with hateful antisemitic flyers—a situation law enforcement continues to investigate.

“This audit from ADL further cements why we need to take action to combat antisemitism in all its forms, wherever it comes from, whether it is the antisemitism masquerading as anti-Israel sentiment of the extreme left or the antisemitic conspiracy theories of the radical right. We need a whole-of-government approach to fight antisemitism here at home, as well as abroad. There are important steps being taken by the Biden administration, but the work is far from done. We must increase collaboration between the White House, Congress, and community institutions as we move forward, and we must do it now. The American Jewish community cannot wait, and we cannot let 2022 follow this trend.”

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