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ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents at Highest Level

Monday, 04 April 2005 12:00 AM

Among the incidents reported to the ADL Central Pacific Region in 2004:

"Just one act of anti-Semitism can deeply affect an entire community. The message it sends is one of exclusion and discrimination. We must continue to raise awareness at all levels in the community to combat this hatred," said Jonathan Bernstein, ADL Regional Director in response. "Through education of law enforcement, teachers, lawmakers and the community-at-large, we can work to reduce the number of anti-Semitic incidents and other acts of hatred in Northern California and across the country."

Anti-Semitic incidents included in the Audit comprise physical and verbal assaults, harassment, property defacement, vandalism or other expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment. The 2004 ADL Audit comprises data from 44 states and the District of Columbia, and is compiled using official crime statistics, as well as information provided to ADL's 30 regional offices by victims, law enforcement officers and community leaders. The Audit identifies both criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats and slurs.

For reporting purposes, the ADL Audit divides anti-Semitic incidents into two categories: Vandalism, such as property damage, cemetery desecration or anti-Semitic graffiti; and Harassment, including threats and assaults directed at individuals and institutions.

In California, a total of 181 incidents of harassment and 56 incidents of vandalism were reported.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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