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(RNS) — A new audit of antisemitism in the U.S. shows a continued growth in the number of incidents reported in 2022.

According to the ADL, the rise in antisemitism represents a 36% increase from the 2,717 incidents tabulated in 2021 and the highest number on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.

But the number of incidents categorized as assaults was relatively small: 111 in total, or about 3%. Four incidents included a deadly weapon.

The report cites one death in 2002, but the victim in that case was not Jewish. Thomas Meixner, head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona, was shot to death by a student on Oct. 5. The professor was Catholic. Weeks after the shooting, it came to light that the student expressed antisemitic beliefs online.

Half of the assaults, defined as attempts to inflict physical harm, were on Orthodox Jews whose dress distinguishes them as Jewish. The majority of those were in New York City.

The most notable antisemitic attack in 2022 took place Jan. 15 when a 44-year-old British citizen entered Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and took four people, including the rabbi, hostage at gunpoint. After an 11-hour standoff, the hostages escaped unharmed and the gunman was killed.

The report also details 91 bomb threats called into or emailed to Jewish institutions or schools in 2022.

But the majority of the incidents, reported to ADL directly via its online form, email or phone message, constituted harassment. Of the total 3,697 incidents, 2,298 incidents were described as harassment, both in-person and online.

The report cites 852 incidents of white supremacist propaganda and 589 incidents, mostly of harassment, at Jewish institutions such as synagogues, community centers and schools.

The ADL audit’s methodology has recently come under some criticism. Last May, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt equated anti-Zionism with antisemitism, a view that many Jews reject. He also called out anti-Zionist groups, some of which are Jewish, as the “photo inverse” of the white-nationalist right.

“We think it’s really important for communities Jewish and beyond not to be painted with the same brush as people who are actively calling for violence,” said Audrey Sasson, executive director of the New York-based Jews for Racial & Economic Justice.

The 2022 audit, says it did not include instances of “legitimate” anti-Israel political protest and expressions of opposition to Israeli policies. But the audit does include public statements of opposition to Zionism, “when it can be determined that they had a negative impact on one or more Jewish individuals or identifiable, localized groups of Jews.”

And it did include “cases of picketing of Jewish religious or cultural institutions for their purported or real support for Israel.”

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