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ADL: Anti-Semitism On The Rise In Mass.

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Acts of anti-Semitism appear to be on the rise in Massachusetts.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 64 acts of antisemitism last year. That would be a 16 percent rise from 2009.

The ADL's Derrek Shulman says the Internet makes it easier to spread discriminatory sentiments.

"There has been an erosion in the shame and the inhibitions of people who once might not have expressed or acted upon their anti-Semitic attitudes," Shulman said. "Now [they] are less inhibited from doing so."

The ADL says it is important to continue to educate the public about anti-Semistism.

"Those who are targeted and those who witness people being targeted just because they're Jewish, or just because they're different for any other reason, need to be empowered with the education and resources to confront it," Shulman said.

Nationally, the number of anti-Semitic acts committed remained flat.

This program aired on October 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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