ADL Reports Anti-Semitic Incidents Remained at Constant Level in 2003

March 24, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

On March 24, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "The number of anti-Semitic incidents remained at a consistent and disturbing level in 2003, according to newly released statistics from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The annual ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued today, counted a total of 1,557 anti-Semitic incidents across the United States in 2003, as compared with 1,559 incidents reported in 2002...Anti-Semitic incidents included in the Audit comprise physical and verbal assaults, harassment, property defacement, vandalism and other expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment.  Among the most serious incidents reported in 2003 were an arson attack that destroyed a Holocaust museum in Indiana, the attempted firebombing of a synagogue in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and swastikas and epithets spray-painted on the walls, driveway and a congregant's car at a Jewish community center near Phoenix, Arizona."