Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Rose 14% in U.S. According to FBI

November 18, 2020

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States increased by 14% in 2019, according to the FBI’s annual hate crimes statistics and reported by the Times of Israel. In a year that saw three lethal attacks against Jewish-Americans, anti-Semitic incidents again made up a majority of religion-based hate crimes in the United States.

The number of hate crimes recorded by the FBI was higher than at anytime in the last decade, as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated murders since the FBI began collecting that data nearly thirty years ago.

The FBI recorded 953 hate crimes directed at Jews in 2019, a 14% increase from 835 anti-Semitism crimes recorded in 2018, and similar to the 938 recorded in 2017.

In 2019, hate crimes against Jews constituted 62% of all hate crimes based on religion, increasing from 58% in 2018 and 2017.

Hate crimes based on religion made up around 20% of total hate crimes.

Lethal anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish-Americans in 2019 included a synagogue shooting in Poway, California where one person was murdered, exactly six months after the 2018 synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh in which 11 Jews were murdered.

Later in the year, a shooting at a Kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey left two Jews and two others dead. In December 2019, a Jewish man was stabbed to death at a Hanukkah party in Monsey, New York.

The full 2019 Hate Crime Statistics report by the FBI can be found here.

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