USA - ADL Arizona year in review 2021

Antisemitic and hate incidents in Arizona this year saw a 26% increase from 2020 and a 41% increase from 2019, according to a year-end report by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

The incidents spanned across the state from Tucson, where a man spray painted a swastika and an antisemitic slur on a synagogue, to places like Bullhead City, where white supremacist group Patriot Front was found to have posted propaganda, similar to what they often do on college campuses in the Valley.

Last year saw historic highs for antisemitic incidents in the United States, with 2020 marking the third highest yearly total on record, according to the ADL.

Conspiracy theories centered around COVID-19 have created a new challenge for researchers on extremism and those, such as the ADL, combating extremist ideologies, since many have begun to turn to sites or speakers who espouse white supremacist thinking.

Such conspiracy theories, such as the “Great Reset,” have been gaining expanded popularity amid the pandemic and spurring antisemitic incidents across the nation. Some of this can be seen in incidents in Arizona.

The recent conflict between Israel and Palestine this year also spurred challenges for members of Arizona’s Jewish community.

During the first two weeks of the conflict in May, ADL recorded a 75% increase in antisemetic incidents nationwide and more than 17,000 tweets using a variation of the phrase “Hitler was right.” Approximately 60% of American Jews witnessed antisemitism during this period of time, ADL reported.

The Holocaust has become a hot topic for the far-right, with many comparing COVID vaccinatons to the genocide, leading the ADL to conduct a program with 17 other Jewish organizations denouncing the comparisons.

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