CNN found increased activity of U.S. anti-Semitic Google searches following two deadly shootings at synagogues in the U.S. over the last year.
The report comes a day after John T. Earnest, the man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue in April, pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.
An increase in Google searches for “Jews must die,” “kill Jews,” and “I hate Jews,” among others, happened after the shooting in Poway, California.
But anti-Semitic searches were higher following the October 2018 shooting inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed. According to CNN, which worked with advocacy group HOPE Not Hate, so many people typed hateful language into the search engine it produced the most anti-Semitic searches in the past 12 months.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, assaults against Jewish people more than doubled in the U.S. in 2018 to 1,879.
“We’ve worked hard to push back against anti-Semitism, and succeeded in improving hate crime laws, and yet we continue to experience an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic acts,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, said.