In the wake of the horrific massacre of 11 Jews worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue, the following facts and figures should come as no surprise. But that doesn't mean they aren't troubling. Israel Hayom reports that the FBI has found that 2017 was the third year in a row in which the U.S. saw an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, this time by nearly 40%:
Hate crimes in the United States jumped 17% in 2017, with a huge 37% spike in anti-Semitic attacks, marking the third year in a row that such attacks have increased, according to FBI data released on Tuesday.
The release of the data comes just weeks after a gunman burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot dead 11 worshippers while shouting, "All Jews must die."
According to the FBI's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, a total of 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 incidents in 2016. The agency did not offer a reason for the increase.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement that hate crimes were "despicable violations" of American values.
"I am particularly troubled by the increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes," Whitaker said.
The report showed a 37% jump in anti-Semitic incidents, from 684 in 2016 to 938 in 2017...