A memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., after a mass shooting there last year. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

The New York Times, in an editorial sparked by an "appalling" cartoon that ran last week in the paper's international edition, warns of numbness to the creep of anti-Semitism — "to the insidious way this ancient, enduring prejudice is once again working itself into public view and common conversation."

What they're saying: "This is also a period of rising criticism of Israel, much of it directed at the rightward drift of its own government. ... A particularly frightening, and also historically resonant, aspect of the rise of anti-Semitism in recent years is that it has come from both the right and left sides of the political spectrum."

The big picture: The Anti-Defamation League yesterday released an annual report showing "alarming trends" in anti-Semitic incidents:

  • "The U.S. Jewish community experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018, including a doubling of anti-Semitic assaults," to 39.

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Why it matters: The update — which was little noticed until a CNN story was published Sunday — comes months after scientists pushed for the agency to acknowledge the disease was transmissible through the air. The CDC previously said that close person-to-person contact was the bigger concern.