Fighting escalates in Israel and Gaza; Most Jews say antisemitism is on the rise in new poll; DHS starts up domestic terror intelligence team

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May 13, 2021


Fighting between Israel and Hamas escalated in what has become the heaviest flare-up since the 2014 war, with extremist violence also erupting in Israeli cities with large Arab and Jewish communities.  A new poll from Pew finds that most Jews believe antisemitism in America has increased in recent years and said they feel less safe now than they once did. The Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence arm is setting up a dedicated team to focus on domestic terrorism.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

1) Fighting Escalates in Israel and Gaza as Hamas Fires Barrage of Rockets at Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

“Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel in a matter of minutes Thursday and Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes. The relentless escalation of hostilities came even as Egyptian negotiators held in-person talks with the two sides, intensifying efforts at mediation.” Associated Press: FULL STORY

+ READ: ADL Statement Regarding Recent Violence and Rocket Attacks in Jerusalem

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Thousands of Israelis are in shelters as hundreds of rockets rain down from Hamas. Lives have been lost and continue to be put in danger. We pray for peace and security for all.”

+ ADL Resource: Some at Anti-Israel Protests Express Antisemitism, Support for Terror

2)New Pew Poll: Most Jews Say Antisemitism is on the Rise

“Over the past 12 months, the survey found, 51% of Jews have experienced antisemitism — either by seeing anti-Jewish graffiti, being harassed online, being physically attacked or through another form of discrimination.” JTA: READ MORE

+ READ: ADL Statement on Findings of Latest Pew Center Poll on Jewish Americans and Antisemitism

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet “This report should serve as a wake-up call for all leaders -- we must combat #antisemitism through legislation, advocacy, education & enhanced security.”

3) DHS Starts Up Domestic Terror Intelligence Team

“The Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence arm is setting up a dedicated team to focus on domestic terrorism, two DHS officials told POLITICO. The team will have several full-time personnel. DHS is also renaming and refocusing a separate office that has drawn criticism for its prior work fighting extremism. The moves come as the department is increasing its focus on domestic terrorism and violent threats.” POLITICO: LEARN MORE

+ ADL tweet: “.@DHSgov is taking critical steps to combat violent extremism such as white supremacy. It takes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to #ProtectAgainstHate and while more must be done, this is meaningful progress.”

+ READ: PROTECT Plan to Fight Domestic Terrorism