February 26, 2020

Report: 72% of L.A. Religious Hate Crimes Targeted Jews In 2017

The latest report from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations shows that 72 percent of hate crimes against religion in the county were against Jews in 2017.

Following Jews on the list were Muslims, Catholics and Protestants:

The number of hate crimes targeting Jews increased by 4 percent from 2016, from 71 to 68 percent.

Among all targeted groups, Jews were third at 14 percent, behind the LGBT community (21 percent) and blacks (25 percent).

Some examples of hate crimes targeting Jews in the Los Angeles area includes graffiti on a wall in Van Nuys in May 2017 stating “Hitler did nothing wrong” and white supremacist symbols spray-painted on the garage in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) building in West Los Angeles, according to the ADL.

Screenshot from Twitter.

Hate crimes overall rose by 5 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the commission’s report.

“We feel particularly fortunate to have LA County as a partner in our work to reduce hate crimes and increase public awareness of the impact of these message crimes,” ADL Los Angeles Regional Director Amanda Susskind said in a statement. “The LA County Hate Crime Report is a reminder that the important work of ADL is still needed.”

Read the full report here.