“Anti-Semitic” Vandalism Increasing in Southern California

CBS Los Angeles
July 22, 2013


Anti-Semitic acts of vandalism and other related incidents are on the rise in Southern California even as incidents statewide have declined, according to an audit released Monday.

The annual “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents” (PDF) from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported California fell from first to second in the nation behind New York in the number of anti-Semitic incidents for the first time in three years with 185 reported incidents in 2012.

The report also found the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States fell by 14 percent in 2012, continuing a three-year trend of incremental declines, according to the ADL.

During the same period, however, the audit found anti-Semitic vandalism in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties rose by 12 percent, mirroring a nationwide spike of over 33 percent from 330 incidents reported in 2011 to 440 in 2012.

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