By Aaron Gorodzinsky
JFLV Director of Campaign Planning and Security
Over the past year, and especially during the last conflict in Gaza, our country has seen an unprecedented increase in anti-Semitic incidents, both on social media and in person. The reason we know the large increase is due to every incident reported and recorded, and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Secure Community Network (SCN) aggregated the data and shared it with us. The majority of this data comes from communities like ours who share the information with our local ADL or SCN office. This information is then compared to ensure that no similar incident has occurred elsewhere and quantified.
As the number of incidents continues to increase in our community, we are launching a self-report tool on our website to help us better track the number of anti-Semitic incidents occurring in our community and report more data. specific to our law enforcement and national partners.
You can play an important role in the fight against anti-Semitism by using this new system on our website.
What must be declared?
• Any incident in our community should be reported. From direct messages on social networks to incidents or confrontations. No incident should go unnoticed.
• If you are not sure what just happened was an anti-Semitic incident, it is always best to report it. We will review the report and make a decision.
Who can file a report?
• Anyone in our community can visit our website to report incidents.
• These reports will remain anonymous and details will only be shared with our partners or law enforcement when needed.
Why is this important?
There are several reasons why it is important to report these incidents:
• It allows each member of our community to feel that what they are experiencing will not go unnoticed.
• It allows us to have a better understanding of the current situation in our community.
• It gives us more tools to talk to our law enforcement partners, elected officials and other faith partners.
• It gives us a better chance to apply for security grants. Security grants require a timeline of incidents. Having better data gives us a better chance of getting these grants.
• It’s the right thing to do.
We cannot stress it enough: in case of doubt, it is better to report.
To submit a report, click here or email Aaron Gorodzinsky at [email protected]