The Boston Holocaust Memorial was smashed twice over the summer. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

According to new information released by the Anti-Defamation League, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in New England has been steadily increasing in 2017.

The ADL’s report stated that the number of anti-Semitic incidents rose 32 percent since last year. It also said that 132 incidents ranging from harassment and vandalism to threats against Jewish institutions occurred between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year, according to Boston Magazine.

Anti-Semitism is sadly becoming a daily reality for thousands of Massachusetts residents,” said Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional director in a statement.

One incident occurred over social media, when someone posted a photo targeting a Jewish institution of an emaciated woman wearing a banner that read “Miss Auschwitz 1943,” reported the Boston Globe.  

The ADL also reported that states with larger Jewish populations have a higher anti-Semitism incident rate.

Vandalism was prominent this summer, with the repeated destruction of the Boston Holocaust Memorial, said Boston Magazine.

“When hate hits 58 cities and towns, all of us have a responsibility to step up and take action. The dramatic surge in incidents underscores the pressing need for increased anti-bias education programming in schools,” Trestan said, according to Boston Magazine.  

“As bigotry continues to seep into everyday life, it is critical that we focus our efforts on the youngest members of the community. None of us can afford to stand idly by.”

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