FBI: Jews Were The Biggest Target Of Anti-Religious Hate Crimes In 2018
An onslaught of recent anti-semitic attacks on Jewish communities in both Europe and the United States is part of what is now becoming a regular battle for Jews worldwide.
It’s a cancer that’s metastasizing and a situation that is raising alarm among federal law enforcement officials.
In the FBI’s annual report on hate crimes released Tuesday, anti-Jewish hate crimes accounted for 57.8 percent of all hate crimes motivated by religious bias in 2018.
The report comes just after this weekend’s remembrance of the atrocities committed against Jews during the tragedy of “Kristallnacht.” The attack occurred 81 years ago when Nazis targeted Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, and then-Czechoslovakia.
Over the course of two days, Nazis burned synagogues to the ground, destroyed all religious symbols, seized Jewish-owned shops, and killed 91 Jewish people. That lawless event set the tone for the genocide that followed.
Liliana Segre, 89, survived the Holocaust. She was born in Milan, Italy, where she was later forced to flee with her father, according to a report by the Algemeiner. The two thought that they would find refuge in Switzerland however, they were quickly caught and sent to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Segre survived both Auschwitz and Ravensbruck concentration camp, according to the news site.
Despite being liberated decades ago, Segre remains a target for anti-semites. Segre recently received many death threats online for being an outspoken advocate against anti-semitism. On a recent visit to Auschwitz, Segre required police protection based on those very threats.
This incident begs the question: Is the world a better place since the nights of Kristallnacht or the years of genocide against the Jewish people? Events that transpired last week would indicate that anti-semitic attacks are only growing in both intensity and frequency. This is also supported by data produced by the Anti-Defamation League, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and others.
Last week and over the weekend, this is what life was like for Jews living in Denmark: 80 Jewish graves were overturned and vandalized, a couple’s mailbox was labeled with the infamous yellow star used by Nazis to single out the Jewish people, and a Jewish memorial was defaced with graffiti.
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The attacks in Europe ring eerily similar to last week’s attacks in the U.S. For example, owners of a Jewish cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska discovered that 75 headstones had been overturned and vandalized in a targeted attack.
Locals in Renton, Washington discovered swastikas panted on the shells of turtles in a city park, according to a report by the Renton Reporter. City officials indicated that it wasn’t the first time this has happened.
On Sunday, a group of three young boys threw eggs near a playground in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, a neighborhood populated by Hassidic Jews, CBS2 reported. They instantly fled the scene.
The night before, one of the neighborhood’s synagogues was egged and, in a separate incident, a 50-year-old woman walking down the street with a young child was ambushed by three men who threw eggs at her from behind.
For the neighborhood’s locals, attacks like these are all-too regular. Earlier this month, there were four violent attacks in a single night in which Jews were chased, punched, and assaulted. The New York Police Department reports that anti-semitism is on the rise accounting for the majority of the city’s hate crimes.