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ADL: There were eight incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in Bucks County in 2019. Only the tip of the iceberg, IMHO!

ADL: There were eight incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in Bucks County in 2019. Only the tip of the iceberg, IMHO! | Anti Discrimination | Scoop.it

There were eight incidents of extremism and anti-Semitism in Bucks County in 2019, according to information recently provided by the Anti-Defamation League. Two of those incidents happened in Newtown.

 

The occurrences in Bucks County were among the 4,015 examples of extremist and anti-Semitic incidents that happened nationwide in 2019. The figure reported for 2019 is up almost 32 percent from the 3,052 incidents reported in 2018, according to the ADL.

 

Here are the Bucks County incidents the non-governmental organization included in its registry:

 

Incident type: Anti-Semitic Incident - Harassment

 

Location: Newtown

Date: May 2019

Description: Jewish high school student victim of ongoing anti-Semitic harassment at school

Incident type: Anti-Semitic Incident - Vandalism

 

Location: Newtown

Date: May 2019

Description: Swastikas were spray-painted on the road at Tyler State Park

Incident type: White Supremacist Propaganda

Related article: “Swastikas Spray Painted On Tyler State Park Trail”;

 

Location: New Hope

Date: Dec. 18, 2019

Description: New Jersey European Heritage Association, an alt right group, distributed propaganda that read: "Diversity means no white countries," "They hate you for being white," "Reject white guilt," and "Love your race."

 

The Anti-Defamation League tracks the incidents through news and media reports, government documents (including police reports), victim reports, extremist-related sources and the Center on Extremism investigations, according to a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the ADL's website.

 

The Anti-Defamation League's interactive [H.E.A.T. Map] includes information on incidents involving anti-Semitism, white supremacist propaganda, white supremacist events, extremist-police shootouts, terrorist plots and attacks and extremist murders.

 

Link: ADL's H.E.A.T. Map 

johnmacknewtowns insight:

I have heard many reports from residents of racially-biased incidents in Newtown that go unreported. I suggested to the Newtown Human Relations Commission (HRC) members that it create a database of incidents of harassment and discrimination in Newtown, aided by organizations such as the Peace Center.  With that factual information the HRC would be in a better position to advocate for those who need its support and help.

 

At the August 14, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting, I demanded that ALL requests for proposals from vendors include language that reflects our anti-discrimination ordinance:

 

“The consultant will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or handicap.”

 

Change to:

 

“The consultant will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of actual or perceived race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, or use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids.”

 

Mr. Sander agreed and said he will work with Mr. Lewis to update all appearances to include the new anti-discrimination ordinance language.”

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