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Anti-Semitic acts decline

The Anti-Defamation League's study of anti-Semitism in the U.S. shows a 14 percent decrease in incidents during 2012, the second consecutive year of a downward trend. Overall, the ADL counted 927 anti-Semitic incidents—including assaults, vandalism and harassment — down from the 1,080 incidents reported in 2011. "While these numbers only provide one snapshot of anti-Semitism in America, to the extent that they serve as a barometer the decline shows that we have made progress as a society in confronting anti-Jewish hatred," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. The study, conducted since 1979, contrasts findings in European countries, where anti-Semitic incidents continue to rise.


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