Anti-Semitic harassment and vandalism are soaring across New England. What explains this atmosphere of intolerance As more local schools are targeted, how should schools and parents react Has social media contributed to the uptick in this behavior What can be done to confront and alter this disturbing trend Anti-Defamation League's
New England Regional Director, Robert Trestan, joins Nathan O'Leary at Suffolk University's Downtown Boston studio to talk about the rising incidents of anti-semitic behavior; particularly in Massachusetts' local schools.
"Really after the first of the year we monitor anti-semitic incidents on a regular basis and we start a an increase, and as we got further into the spring, by the time a roll around we we had seen that we in Massachusetts the number of anti-semitic instance report to us equal the entire previous year. So in the first five months we were already equal to all of 2015. And that's attributed to a number of things mainly what's happening in society in our communities how people are communicating with one another and how messages are being transmitted and it's resulting in people acting-acting out their hatred and that's a real concern. And the Jewish community has long been a target and we're now experiencing a real increase of concerning increase."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
was founded in 1913 to "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Now the nation's premier civil rights and human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. ADL's New England Regional Office serves Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Region supports a multi-faceted educational, community relations and legal approach to combat anti-Semitism and hate of all kinds, promote diversity, and build bridges of understanding between communities.