On Monday, the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency published their annual Antisemitism Report for 2021, which shockingly found that an average of 10 antisemitic incidents occur around the world per day.
Although the number may be higher keeping unreported cases in mind, the worrying figure has made 2021 “the most antisemitic year in the last decade,” according to the two groups who conducted the research.
According to the report, the majority of incidents involved property crimes such as vandalism and graffiti, while less than a third involved physical or verbal violence. Episodes were often centered around specific events, particularly in the month of May, when attacks on Jews in Europe, the US and elsewhere skyrocketed during Israel’s 11-day conflict with Hamas. Muslim holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, “Nakba Day,” and “Al-Quds Day” were also a factor during May, along with violence in Israel and the West Bank.
Half of all antisemitic incidents occurred in Europe, with another 30% taking place in the United States. Spikes were also seen in Canada and Australia. In the US, New York saw a massive increase of 100%, with 503 incidents, while Los Angeles saw a 59.2% increase.
The report also cites incidents related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the lifting of lockdown policies in European countries brought antisemitism back onto the streets. Opponents of coronavirus vaccines and restrictions employed antisemitic symbols and rhetoric in the demonstrations, including antisemitic conspiracy theories related to the pandemic.