On May 5, 2022, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith published its annual “Audit of AntiSemitic Incidents 2021.” This is an extensive document with graphs and charts, and seven sections including Executive Summary, Major Findings, Themes and Trends, Methodology, Policy Recommendations, Take Action, and Acknowledgements. The document does have demands for extensive action that must be taken on “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” levels to stop “incidents of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and assault in the United States.”
Since this report has excessive influence on government and social policy, it is essential that we examine it for validity and relevance.
The report features a picture of what appears to be a phrase stenciled on a stone surface, perhaps a gravestone, in blue paint which reads “THE JEW IS GUILTY.” This is apparently meant to convey the absurdity and “extremism” of anti-Semitic incidents, and of those who would say such a thing. Yet when we consider the origins of the ADL in 1913 (which it describes under its About section) — to exonerate Leo Frank in the murder of little Mary Phagan—it’s a dubious claim at best.
We might be able to find the specific incident on the HEAT Map (hate, extremism, anti-Semitism, terrorism), where ADL catalogs the incidents in some detail by state, but it is not searchable in such a way as we can reasonably find where “THE JEW IS GUILTY” came from. Perhaps the incident refers to the Ghislaine Maxwell (Hoch), accomplice of the child-raping blackmail organizer Jeffrey Epstein who was found guilty late last year of several sex-trafficking charges (though many of her grotesque crimes were not prosecuted, and she never ratted on all the wealthy, politically connected individuals who willingly engaged in these crimes).
The ADL claims an increase of 34% in anti-Semitic incidents last year — the highest total since it started keeping count in 1979. A portion of this increase is admittedly due to new “partnerships” in reporting that joined the ADL in 2021:
Of the 2,717 incidents included in the 2021 Audit of AntiSemitic incidents, 494 were identified through newly established partnerships between ADL and several Jewish organizations, including the Community Security Initiative (CSI), Community Security Service (CSS), Hillel International, Secure Community Network (SCN), Union of Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. This shared reporting represents 18% of the total number of incidents in 2021.
So a significant portion of the increase—~72 percent —is due not to an increase in incidents, but to expanded reporting. Factoring out the new reporting for 2021, we find a less than 10% increase in incidents, not the 34% ADL is claiming.
The incidents are divided into three categories: harassment, vandalism and assault. Starting with the most serious, assault:
The 88 incidents of anti-Semitic assault (a 167% increase from 33 in 2020), involved 131 victims; none of the assaults were deadly. In 2021, there were no assaults perpetrated against the Jewish community that resulted in mass causalities. Of the physical assaults against Jewish individuals, the vast majority (77 of 88) were perpetrated without the use of a deadly weapon.
This is in sharp contrast to assaults generally in the US. Official FBI crime statistics are always about a year behind, but looking back to 2020 for trends:
Per 2020 FBI final statistics released in late September 2021, the number of homicides increased nearly 30% from 2019, the largest single-year increase the agency has recorded since it began tracking these crimes in the 1960s.
Violent crime in general was up 5.6% in 2020, and aggravated assault up over 12%.
Preliminary data for 2021 is alarming:
According to the Gun Violence Archive, from January 1 to September 15, a total of 14,516 people died from gun violence in the US. That’s 1,300 more than during the same period in 2020, a 9% increase. Mass shootings are also on the rise. Through September 15, there have been 498 mass shootings across the US, or an average of about 1.92 per day. That’s 15% higher than last year, when there were a total of 611, a rate of 1.67 per day, according to data from the GVA.
The rapid rise in gun violence, however, might be slowing down. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and his colleagues found that in the first quarter of 2021, the number of homicides was 23% higher than in 2020. In the second quarter that number went down to 10%.
To be clear, in the second quarter of 2021, the increase went down to only 10% above 2020 levels.
Compared to these alarming statistics on violent crime, homicide, gun violence and mass shootings among the general population, during the same period of “anti-Semitic assault,” Jews experienced zero homicides, possibly zero gun violence (only 12.5 percent of assaults on Jews involved a deadly weapon, not necessarily a gun) and zero mass shootings. Jews were overwhelmingly safer from assault than other racial groups in 2021 in America, especially Blacks. The ADL shows no shame in hyping an increased threat to Jews however.
I was curious to see the ratio of assault against Jews compared to other racial groups. If we take not the number of incidents, but the number of individual Jews assaulted in 2021 as tallied by the ADL, 131, divided by the number of Jews in America, 5.8 million (at least, and possibly 2.8 million more). we see an incidence of at most .002%. Blacks for instance number about 45 million in the US today, according to Statista. The best Black violent crime statistics I could find come from 2018, so the comparison is not current, but we must suppose the data were worse in 2021. So this is conservative. Blacks experienced 563,940 violent incidents in 2018 (Over 70% of the perpetrators of this violence were Black themselves.). If blacks were about 42.5 million in 2018, then Blacks were a victim of violent crime at an incidence of .9%. Blacks were at least 450 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than Jews.
The ADL does not explain to us how many of the incidents of assault against Jews were perpetrated by other Jews. We are to assume that all the incidents are perpetrated by non-Jews, but history is filled with Jew-on-Jew violence, what we might call Jewish “Anti-Semitism.”. Some of it is deliberate false flag activity so certain Jews can use fears of anti-Semitism for various manipulative schemes. It appears the ADL is engaged in this audit with a deliberate attempt to inflame fears of anti-Semitism for various agendas, not the least of which is the ADL’s reason for existence.
Turning to the ADL’s “vandalism” category, we see that swastikas, “which are generally interpreted by Jews to be symbols of anti-Semitic hatred,” were present in 578 of 853 incidents, a staggering 68% of cases. Numerous incidents have been reported of swastika symbols being painted, scratched or otherwise displayed as symbols of anti-Semitism. In what seems a regular occurrence, too often the perpetrators are discovered to be Jews, which Jews themselves admit, such as this Times of Israel report of 2017, “Jewish suspects arrested over swastika graffiti on synagogues,” or this from only a couple months ago, “Jewish woman arrested for painting swastikas in Jewish neighborhood.” The ADL does not tell us how many of these swastika incidents are self-inflicted, and it does not tell us if the swastikas were displayed with absolutely no intention of “vandalizing” Jews. We can suppose the painting or scratching or otherwise drawing of a swastika somewhere visible is a form of vandalism (though not always; are all other cases of graffiti considered vandalism?), but it seems a rather mild form to me. Jews have been the targets of far worse forms of vandalism in history, probably Kristallnacht in Germany on November 10, 1938 the most well-known.
The ADL does qualify what it considers vandalism:
Incidents are defined as vandalism of property, or as harassment or assault on individuals and/or groups, where either 1) circumstances indicate anti-Jewish animus on the part of the perpetrator, or 2) a reasonable person could plausibly conclude they were being victimized due to their Jewish identity. Vandalism against Jewish religious institutions or cemeteries may also be included.
But not every case of painting a swastika is “anti-Jewish animus.” Jews have claimed the swastika as their own symbol of anti-Semitic hate and they cannot allow it to mean anything else. Traditionally the swastika is tens of thousands of years old, has been found all over the world wherever ancient Aryans traveled and raised civilizations, and was a symbol of cosmic order, alignment and prosperity.
We will look at one more statistical deception in the ADL Audit, though many more can be explored. The ADL assigns anti-Semitic incidence numbers by state, suggesting that some states are more anti-Semitic than others. What the ADL fails to do is rank the states by Jewish and non-Jewish population numbers, arriving at a per-capita incident number, not simply a total number.
The states with the highest number of incidents were New York (416), New Jersey (370), California (367), Florida (190), Michigan (112) and Texas (112). Combined, these states account for 58% of the total incidents.
New York has by far the highest percentage of Jews of any state at over 9 percent, amounting to almost 1.8 million Jews. At 416 incidents, this makes only .02 percent of the Jews in New York were likely to be victims of anti-Semitic incidents. For comparison, choosing a state such as Kansas with relatively few Jews, 17,425, we find the likelihood of Jews suffering anti-Semitic incidents (3) to be about .017%, almost identical. California had 367 incidents, but has a Jewish population of 1,188,000, giving a likelihood of an anti-Semitic incident in CA of .03%. Again for comparison, Idaho had only 5 anti-Semitic incidents, and a Jewish population of 2,125, delivering an incidence rate of .2%. This is 10 times worse than New York! Not that 5 cases of alleged anti-Semitism in Idaho including drawing swastikas is of any concern to anyone. The ADL features the relatively high numbers only in states where Jewish populations are largest, making the raw number of cases higher, but the per capita rate lower than in many other states.
A careful analysis of the ADL’s 2022 “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents” reveals that there is no reason for Jews to be alarmed at these levels of harassment, vandalism and assault. The ADL uses various deceptive techniques to inflame fear of anti-Semitism on the rise in the U.S. in order to impose key aspects of their agenda for Jewish power in America.
The Audit makes extensive demands. Some of the ADL’s stated and unstated objectives in the report include continued and expanded lavish support of the US for the state of Israel; suppression of “white supremacist” groups; a 5 part program for online censorship and free speech control; increased funding at all levels for “security enhancements” at Jewish facilities (which already receive the vast majority of federal funds); beefed-up and re-educated law enforcement; fully implementing “the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in 2021, which incorporated the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act,” the Hate Crime Statistics Act, the Emmet Till Antilynching Act, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System; and “teach the universal lessons of the Holocaust.”
If you are wondering at certain rhetoric concerned about Jews at official levels:
Public officials and civic leaders — from the President, to governors, attorneys general, mayors, other civic leaders, and law enforcement authorities — must use their bully pulpits to speak out against antiSemitism…
Such vague concepts as “Protect Democracy” and “Fight Extremism” are carefully detailed, and finally we are urged to “Speak Up” and rat out anti-Semites boldly, tell Congress to allocate more money to protect synagogues, and “Show Strength” by attending the ADL’s Never is Now conference in November, “the world’s largest annual summit on anti-Semitism and hate.”
The ADL also has six “More Ways to Take Action,” and those further inspired can learn about the “PROTECT Plan To Fight Domestic Terrorism.” This is an acronym which stands for:
Prioritize Preventing and Countering Domestic Terrorism
Resource According to the Threat
Oppose Extremists in Government Service
Take Domestic Terrorism Prevention Measures
End the Complicity of Social Media in Facilitating Extremism
Create an Independent Clearinghouse for Online Extremist Content
Target Foreign White Supremacist Terrorist Groups
Finally, let us not forget about that special resource for identifying anti-Semitism, the HEAT Map. It details every incident by state with a user-friendly graphic map of the US. Just click on any state and scroll down through the many anti-Semitic incidents by date in that state. Obviously a great deal of time and money was spent on this useful resource, so be sure to sample it and be amazed at how much anti-Semitism is afflicting all the states of the nation at this time.
I used to live in Oregon, so I sampled some of the incidents listed during the time I lived there. All I found in my former region was Patriot Front distributing literature which said such blasphemies as “Reclaim America” and “American is Not For Sale.” In the 20 years I lived in that part of Oregon, I never once saw a Patriot Front piece of literature. If I had, I certainly would not have identified it as anti-Semitic.
Much more analysis can be done on this Audit to discredit the ADL’s attempts to incite fear of increasing anti-Semitism in America at this time and to implement its policies and programs to further entrench Jewish power. Feel free to review other aspects of the Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, where you will surely find many other frauds, data distortions, false claims, irrational emotional appeals, exaggerations and paranoia. For myself, I’ve seen enough.