Anti-Semitic graffiti
Anti-Semitic graffiti at UC San Diego in 2016. Image from Facebook

The Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in San Diego increased 41 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

The sharp rise, reported in ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, was in part due to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row. San Diego State University and UC San Diego are among the U.S. campuses most impacted.

Nationwide there were 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents including physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions reported across the United States. Of those, 45 were reported in San Diego.

The increase nationally was even higher than in San Diego — nearly 60 percent. It was the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since the ADL began tracking incidents in the 1970s.

“We are very concerned by the steep increase in anti-Semitic harassment, incidents and violence in San Diego and nationwide,” said ADL San Diego Regional Director Tammy Gillies. “ADL works tirelessly to offer anti-bias education in schools, train law enforcement partners on hate crimes, and advocate for communities targeted by hateful rhetoric.”

The states with the highest number of incidents were New York (380 incidents), California (268), New Jersey (208), Massachusetts (177), Florida (98), and Pennsylvania (96).

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism and continues to expose hate groups, training law enforcement and developing anti-bias education programs for students.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.