ADL Reports Fourth Annual Decrease In Anti-Semitic Attacks

June 8, 2009

Author: Lindsay Perna

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

The volume of physical assaults, vandalism and harassment against Jews decreased for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, according to a recent audit that tracks anti-Semitic incidents.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), whose aim is to counteract prejudice against Jews, reported a 7 percent decline in criminal acts that target Jews out of prejudice.

Deborah Lauter, the ADL's director of civil rights, cited the changing methods of defamation as the key reason for the decrease. She said the audit did not track the explosion of anti-Semitism on the Internet, where many anonymous perpetrators turn for anti-Jewish expression.