Anti-Semitic incidents decline, following national trend

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in California last year fell, continuing a three-year national trend, according to an audit released Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the audit, the number of anti-Semitic incidents logged fell to 185 in 2012, down from 235 the previous year.

For the first time in three years, California ranks second -- not first -- on the list of states with the highest number of incidents, an ADL news release reported.


Anti-Semitic incidents nationwide also declined by 14%, according to the audit, falling to a total of 927 incidents in 2012 from 1,080 the previous year.

The highest number of incidents in any state, 248, was reported in New York, according to the audit.

Incidents include cases of assault, harassment and vandalism targeted toward Jewish individuals and organizations.

The amount of vandalism nationwide increased. Among the incidents in Southern California: swastikas were scrawled on the door of a college student’s dorm room in Los Angeles, a threat of violence against Jews was etched onto an L.A. newspaper dispenser and swastikas were drawn in front of a home owned by a Holocaust’s survivor’s family.

Information is compiled from victims, law enforcement and community leaders across the country.

In addition to such vandalism, anti-Semitic slurs and threats were sent via Facebook and email, or stated in person.

Jews are the most frequently targeted religious group, according to statistics provided in the ADL news release.


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