Report finds anti-Semitism at near-historic levels


HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Every year, Pennsylvania leaders take the time to honor the victims of the Holocaust.

On Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf called on Pennsylvanians to end bigotry at the 35th annual Commemoration of the Holocaust at the state capitol.

Wolf also reflected on the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that took the lives of 11 people last October, as well as last Saturday’s deadly shooting at a synagogue in California.

“I say enough is enough,” said Wolf.  “We need to step up and end this behavior before it becomes normalized.”

According to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish community experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018.

It shows almost 1,900 attacks against Jews across the country — the third highest year on record.

David Schwager, with the Friedman Jewish Community Center in Kingston, said a tense political climate could be fueling the hate.

“Whether it’s anti-Semitic or extremism of any sort, people seem to have very strong feelings, and there’s no longer a trend of moderation,” said Schwager.

Last year, Pennsylvania ranked fifth in the nation with 89 anti-Jewish incidents.

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