Wisconsin sees 36% increase in reported antisemitic incidents in 2020

Antisemitic incidents reported in Wisconsin increased 36% from 2019 to 2020, according to a report released today by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

“2020 was sadly, but not surprisingly, another high-water mark year for antisemitic incidents in Wisconsin, surpassing recorded incidents from 2019,” said Brian Schupper, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). “We are seeing a significant increase in overt antisemitic expression laden with conspiracy theories and hate group rhetoric. The audit helps us discuss these worrisome trends with our community partners and understand where we need to focus our efforts.”

Troubling trends in the audit include:

● Expression (82% increase)

● Hate group activity (20% increase)

● Conspiracy theories (90% increase)

● Pejorative references to Israel and Zionism in an antisemitic context (61%increase)

● College and University activity (75% increase)

● Social media activity (100% increase)

● Middle School activity (71% decrease)