Conference of Presidents Alarmed by FBI Hate Crimes Report Showing Jewish Community Is Leading Target

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“Today’s FBI’s annual report on hate crimes statistically demonstrates what many American Jews know well: the number of incidents of Jew-hatred across the country continues to rise. In 2019, the number of antisemitic hate crimes increased 14 percent and were over 60 percent of all hate crimes committed based on religion. Indeed, these statistics are likely underreported, as the FBI’s data is based on voluntary reporting by local law enforcement.

The fact that a people who represent a small minority of the American population is subjected to such a degree of hate demonstrates that far more needs to be done to defend Jewish civil rights and to educate Americans about the anti-Jewish sentiment present in our country.

The Conference of Presidents will continue to marshal the efforts of our member organizations and enlist others across the country to protect Jewish persons, institutions, and dignity. We call upon lawmakers and law enforcement at the local and national levels to recognize the threat being presented to American Jews, to work together to ensure that our community’s safety is maintained, and to take measures to counter this dangerous phenomenon, including by adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism (with examples).”

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