Report: Anti-Semitic Incidents Increase in New England in 2017 - NECN

Report: Anti-Semitic Incidents Increase in New England in 2017



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    A swastika found in Methuen, Massachusetts, on Sunday, Oct. 29.

    The Anti-Defamation League says anti-Semitic incidents have increased in New England.

    The New York civil rights group that's focused on anti-Jewish attacks said in a report Thursday there have been 132 incidents recorded in the region from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.

    The organization says that's a 32 percent increase over the same period last year and it exceeds last year's total.

    The incidents include harassment, vandalism and threats made against Jewish institutions. The Anti-Defamation League says a "disturbingly high number" happened in schools.

    Most of the reported incidents, 117 of the 132, happened in Massachusetts.

    The organization says Massachusetts registered the third highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in a nationwide tally, after New York and California. It says states with large Jewish populations tend to have the most incidents.

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