On Thursday, Match 23, the Anti-Defamation League released its 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents. Across the US, incidents rose 36% from 2021 to 2022. In South Carolina, that rate was 193%. - 15 incidents in 2021 and 44 in 2022.
Many of these incidents were white supremacist flyers - antisemitic flyers left in bags and weighed down with rice - left in people’s driveways. There were also reported incidents in K12 schools and colleges. We continue to be grateful that we are not seeing physically violent acts in our state. We also know that while this rise in incidents is alarming, we know that the numbers in the past were low, and people are more willing to report when they have been the victim of an antisemitic incident.
Your Charleston Jewish Federation is proactively responding to these increases in antisemitism through Holocaust education and antisemitism trainings in our schools, community security enhancements in coordination with Secure Community Network (SCN), direct collaboration with Anti-Defamation League, and local, state, and national advocacy.
What can you do?
1) Reach out to your South Carolina Senator and push them to take action on H.3014, the Clementa C. Pinckney Hate Crimes Act. Do so instantly by using our legislative contact tool at bit.ly/stampouthate.
2) Report an antisemitic, biased or discriminatory incident using the Joint Reporting Tool. This report will be sent directly to ADL, Charleston Jewish Federation, and Secure Community Network.
3) Access educational resources available from CJF by emailing Natanya Miller, Director of Educational Initiatives.
Antisemitic incidents in South Carolina surged 193% in 2022, ADL finds , By: Sophie Brams, News 2
New Reports Show antisemitism Incidents on the Rise across South Carolina, By: Ale Espinosa, WMBF News, Myrtle Beach