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According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, a surge in antisemitism in the US has hit “historic” levels. This rise comes mainly in the wake of the recent Hamas-Israel conflict.
Elaborating on the gravity of the situation, Wray stated, “The reality is that the Jewish community is uniquely targeted by pretty much every terrorist organization across the spectrum. When considering that the Jewish community comprises roughly 2.4% of the American population, it’s alarming that they account for about 60% of all religious-based hate crimes.”
He further identified multiple sources of these threats, including “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists, ISIS-inspired violent extremists, and foreign terrorist organizations.”
The Anti-Defamation League recorded 312 antisemitic incidents since the beginning of the recent conflict, marking a 388% increase over the same timeframe in the previous year. Similarly, the Council on American-Islamic Relations documented a jump in reported “biased incidents,” up from an average of 224 in a 16-day period last year to 774 this year.
During a recent hearing evaluating threats to the nation, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed the concerns, noting increased threats against “Jewish, Muslim, and Arab American communities and institutions” following the Middle East unrest.