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41% increase in antisemitic incidents in a single year in California

The ADL counted 500 acts in 2022, a tremendous jump from 2021.

The Goyim Defense League hung banners supporting Kanye "Ye" West's comments about Jews over a Los Angeles bridge, Oct. 22, 2022. Source: Twitter.
The Goyim Defense League hung banners supporting Kanye "Ye" West's comments about Jews over a Los Angeles bridge, Oct. 22, 2022. Source: Twitter.

While antisemitism rates have risen across the country in recent years, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League documents just how high of a jump California has seen.

In 2021, there were 367 antisemitic incidents. In 2022, the number rose to 518—a 41.8% increase. The ADL also saw six extremist-related murders and one terrorist plot. The organization identified Patriot Front and the Goyim Defense League as primarily responsible for a 91% increase in white supremacist flier distribution—rising from 155 to 296.

One of the most reported antisemitic events took place in October when the Goyim Defense League unfurled a banner over Interstate 405—one of Los Angeles’ most trafficked roads—that read “Kanye is right about the jews [sic].”

On overall hate crimes in California, the ADL cites the FBI to reveal an increase of 33% from 2000-21: from 1,330 incidents to 1,765. The report further shows increases in alliances between white supremacist and other extremist groups.

In the three categories of incidents, the majority was vandalism with 327, up from 217 the previous year. Harassment rose less, from 135 in 2021 to 178 in 2022. The smallest category—assaults—actually saw a decrease from 2021 (15) to 2022 (13).

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