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Report: Anti-Semitic Attacks Doubled in 2018

The spike in violent attacks includes Tree of Life attack, in addition to incidents of harassment and vandalism.

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks in the United States doubled in 2018, as compared to 2017, according to a new audit from the Anti-Defamation League. That includes the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, the killing of 11 worshipers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

According to the ADL, the Tree of Life attack was one of 39 reported physical assaults on Jewish individuals last year, a 105 percent increase over 2017. A total of 59 individuals were victims of assault, not including the police officers injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

"The increased number of anti-Semitic incidents tied to extremist groups is deeply troubling and should be addressed immediately by police and prosecutors," said Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University.

The troubling findings come just days after a deadly shooting a synagogue in Poway, CA. The shooting came six months to the day after the Tree of Life shooting, and the suspect was reportedly inspired in part by the suspect in the Pittsburgh investigation, as well as the suspect in the recent deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand .

The ADL found California had the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents of any state in 2018, with 341 total incidents reported. That's a 27 percent increase from 2017. Pennsylvania had a slight decrease in anti-Semitic incidents but had the fifth highest number of any state.

The audits found extremist groups or "individuals inspired by extremist ideology" were responsible for 13 percent of the total incidents for 2018--the highest level since 2004.Earlier this month, FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers that white nationalism represents a "persistent" and "pervasive" threat in the United States .

You can read the report's full findings by clicking here .

The ADL also includes steps you can take to help combat hate in your community. You can click here to contact your representative in Congress to demand action, report a hate crime to the FBI, and find more resources to spread awareness .

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