Antisemitic Acts in California Increased by 40% in 2022, Says ADL Report

A report by the Anti-Defamation League found over 500 antisemitic acts were committed in California last year, a 40% increase from 2021. The report also highlights the rising collaboration among extremist and white supremacist groups in California, which has seen the most murders by extremist groups in the US. The report shows an increase in local white supremacist groups working together to spread propaganda and strengthen their presence across California. The ADL recorded 296 instances of white supremacist propaganda being distributed in California last year, a jump of 91% from 155 instances in 2021. Lawmakers are attempting to address the trend, with the unveiling of a statewide non-emergency hate crime hotline.

Report by the Anti-Defamation League shows a 40% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in California last year, including harassment, assault and vandalism, with at least six murders committed by extremist groups in 2021 and 2022.

The report also highlights increasing collaboration among extremist and white supremacist groups in the state, and an increase in the distribution of propaganda by established groups such as the Proud Boys.

Local lawmakers have been targeted in at least 64 instances of harassment or threats, and the state has responded by unveiling a non-emergency hate crime hotline and considering the creation of a hate crime intervention unit.