Jonathan Greenblatt, who is also the director of the advocacy group, told The Sunday Show that his group has seen attacks on everyday businesses that are run by Jewish people, in addition to attacks on individuals and places of worship.
‘I’m not talking about stores producing IDF [Israel Defense Forces] T-shirts; I’m talking about a coffee shop on Long Island, an ice cream parlor in the Bay Area, a restaurant in Chicago,’ he said.
‘Antisemitism has been intensifying and increasing. We’ve seen it normalized, and from the far-right and from the hard left,’ Greenblatt added.
Greenblatt also raised the issue of the spate of anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place on campuses of Ivy-league colleges including Harvard and Cornell.
In October, a health food store in Montauk, Long Island, was vandalized with swastikas
The same month, a group of teens through coins at a Jewish man in what authorities referred to as an anti-Semitic incident
Following a record number of anti-Semitic incidents at Columbia University, the school launched a ‘Task Force on Antisemitism’
The ADL Center on Extremism said preliminary data showed 312 reported U.S. anti-Semitic incidents from Oct. 7 to Oct. 23, including harassment, vandalism and assault.
About 190 of those were directly linked to the war between Israel and Hamas.
Among examples cited by ADL were alleged physical assault; violent online messages, especially on messaging platform Telegram; and rallies where ‘ADL found explicit or strong implicit support for Hamas and/or violence against Jews in Israel.’
Greenblatt’s words come as Oscar-winner Jon Voight was forced to condemn his own daughter, Angelina Jolie, for spreading what he called ‘lies’ about Israel’s assault on Gaza.
In the same period of 2022, ADL recorded 64 U.S. anti-Semitic incidents, of which four were linked to Israel.
Antisemitism was already rising in the U.S. before the war. Nearly 3,700 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in 2022, more than in any year since ADL began tracking the issue in 1979.
Jonathan Greenblatt says anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise
‘When conflict erupts in Israel, anti-Semitic incidents soon follow in the U.S. and globally,’ Greenblatt said last month.
‘It is incumbent on all leaders, from political leaders to CEOs to university presidents, to forcefully and unequivocally condemn antisemitism and terrorism,’ he also said at the time.
Last week, the FBI announced that agents were investigating a Cornell University messaging board after vile anti-Semitic threats were made against Jewish students.
The Ithaca, New York-based Ivy institution has already seen anti-Semitic graffiti on its walls and a professor forced to take a leave of absence after calling the attacks ‘exhilarating’ and ‘energizing.’
Authorities were investigating at the school’s Center for Jewish Living Sunday night after revolting anti-Jewish threats were discovered online.
Cornell President Martha E. Pollack wrote a letter to students where she announced she’s contacted the FBI about ‘a potential hate crime.’
Patrick Dai, a junior engineering student at Cornell originally from Pittsford, New York, was arrested on October 31, today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications, according to the Department of Justice.
The charge against him could see him serve five years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Another under-fire New York college, Columbia University launched a ‘Task Force on Antisemitism’ to tackle the ‘terribly resilient form of hatred’ after a record-breaking number of Jewish-related assaults and harassment on campuses across the country.
Of the several messages left on the Cornell’s Greekrank page – a forum meant for fraternity and sorority reviews – were messages with the headlines ‘Eliminate Jewish living from Cornell Campus’ or ‘Israel deserved 10/7’
Cornell student Patrick Dai was brought into federal court in Syracuse Wednesday morning in shackles after he confessed to making heinous threats against Jews after FBI agents traced his IP address to campus and his hometown
Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College communities, announced the formation of the Task Force on Antisemitism Wednesday afternoon in a letter addressed to students and faculty members.
The task force was created to ‘enhance the university’s ability to address this ancient, but terribly resilient, form of hatred.’
On October 27, a group of teens were recorded throwing coins at a Jewish man in Manhattan’s Union Square Park area. A week earlier in the Big Apple, a Jewish woman was punched in the face who told her he did it simply because of her religion.
During the same time period, a Las Vegas man, John Anthony Miller, was arrested and charged with threatening to assault, kidnap or murder Jewish Senator Jack Rosen after he allegedly left her a voicemail threatening to ‘finish what Hitler started.’
Miller went on to threaten the Nevada Senator’s family and showed up at a Las Vegas courthouse, suggesting he was there to see Rosen, the filing claims.
He was arrested on Thursday before appearing in federal court on Friday, charged with threatening a federal official.
Rosen told reporters on Capitol Hill: ‘I have full faith in our U.S. attorney, Department of Justice that they’ll take care of the situation’.
Also last week, 22 Democrats voted against a resolution to condemn growing antisemitism and support for Iran-backed terror group Hamas on college campuses.
Still the resolution passed overwhelmingly, with 213 Republican votes and 183 Democrats, including Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
One Republican – Rep. Thomas Massie, K.Y., – voted against it, citing free speech concerns.