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Antisemitic incidents remained at historic high in 2020

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Antisemitic incidents in the U.S. were near historic highs last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Jeff Pegues has the latest.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Tonight, the Anti-Defamation League says antisemitic attacks in the US were at near historic highs in 2020. And those spewing hate have a new tactic, taking their attacks online. Here's CBS's Jeff Pegues.

JEFF PEGUES: Six attacks on four New York synagogues in recent days. Here, a suspect repeatedly throws rocks at a door before kicking it in and shattering the glass with his foot.

- Today, it's a synagogue. Tomorrow, it could be houses, it could be individuals. It's very scary. Very scary times.

JEFF PEGUES: The Anti-Defamation League says anti-Semitic violence and harassment is part of a trend, much of it happening online with so-called "Zoom bombings." In this meeting, someone hurled antisemitic slurs at a group of people studying the Torah.

- Hail Hitler.

JEFF PEGUES: Here, a virtual Shabbat service was hijacked by someone who drew swastikas.

- Please stop sharing your screen.

JEFF PEGUES: They keep popping in and out, Rabbi, so I don't think we'll be able to do this.

JONATHAN GREENBLATT: Everything from bar mitzvah ceremonies, or Torah study groups, or religious services were literally interrupted by bullies and extremists.

JEFF PEGUES: Last year, there were more than 2,000 incidents of antisemitism reported, with 16% of those responsible having ties to extremist groups, while 84% were individuals lashing out. Antisemitic images were also on display during the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, with some of those arrested wearing Nazi paraphernalia.

NORAH O'DONNELL: And Jeff joins us. There's been a rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans, and I understand there's been an arrest in an especially vicious attack in New York?

JEFF PEGUES: That's right. Police say they've charged the suspect with attempted murder and assault as a hate crime for this attack, that happened last Friday, on a 61-year-old Asian man who was just collecting cans to feed his family. This was an unprovoked attack. The victim right now in a coma and fighting for his life. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: Jeff Pegues, thank you.