February 27, 2020

Swastikas Found on 2 NJ Jewish-Owned Businesses

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Swastika graffiti was found spray-painted on two Jewish-owned businesses in New Jersey in a week.

Patch.com reported that security footage showed two people getting out of a vehicle and walking toward a trailer behind a Jewish-owned business in Jackson, N.J., on Feb. 13, where the vandalism occurred. The trailer was on the business’ property.

According to The Lakewood Scoop, the graffiti also included the words “white power” and the number 13, which is a symbol for the white supremacist prison gang Aryan Circle, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

One person, 40-year-old Virginia Mailloux, has been arrested in connection with the vandalism. The other person in the video remains at large.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, tweeted: “I’m appalled by this act of anti-Semitism. Just this week, my Administration was in Lakewood working with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber to address security. We will hold those behind this responsible and rise above this hate.”

Additionally, on Feb. 20, swastikas were found on several trash cans, a utility pole and the fence on the property of a Jewish-owned business in Howell, N.J., according to the Scoop. The words “F— Jews” and “n—–s” were also found spray-painted on the fence. Neither business has been publicly identified.

“Deeply disturbed swastikas and words ‘white power’ spray painted on Jewish-owned business in #JacksonNJ,” ADL New York/New Jersey tweeted. “And more swastikas found in #HowellNJ days later. This hatred has no place in our communities and we continue to work to make #NJ #NoPlaceForHate.”

Swastikas Found at Columbia

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Multiple swastikas were found on the walls of a residential center at Columbia University on Feb. 14.

The student-run Columbia Daily Spectator reported that the swastikas were found on the 16th floor of the East Campus Residential Center, which is also where the name tags of two Chinese students were burned a few weeks earlier.

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Life and Executive Director of Residential Life Tara Hanna wrote in an email later in the day to students residing in East Campus that the swastikas have been removed.

“This anti-Semitic symbol is in direct conflict with the University’s core value of inclusivity and has no place in our community,” Hanna wrote. “We stand strongly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred.”

Hanna encouraged anyone with information about the vandalism to contact their resident advisor.

Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey tweeted, “We are concerned by reports of anti-Semitic and anti-Asian incidents at @Columbia and are in contact with our partners on campus. We have to work together to make sure Columbia University is #NoPlaceForHate.”

Columbia’s Students Supporting Israel (SSI) chapter said in a statement to the Algemeiner that they appreciated the university taking swift action on the matter, but they “hope that this case is not going to be swept under the rug like the anti-Semitic incident in Columbia’s Teachers College.”

“The Teachers College incident is a reference to Columbia Holocaust scholar and Psychology Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky finding swastika graffiti spray-painted on the walls of her office in November 2018.

“I’m usually not a fearful person, but they got me,” Midlarsky told The Washington Post at the time. “I’m afraid.”

SSI Columbia wrote on their Facebook page at the time, “We fear this will be swept under the rug like countless other complaints. We can only look to ourselves to make sure this climate doesn’t snowball into the complete antithesis of the values Columbia was founded on.”

Swastikas Found on Emerson, Syracuse Campuses

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Swastikas were found on the campuses of Emerson College and Syracuse University within a day of each other. At Emerson on January 22, four swastikas were found in a stairwell in the Piano Row dormitory. The graffiti subsequently was removed, and campus police are investigating the matter.

Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton condemned the graffiti in a campus-wide email. “This symbol, which was appropriated by fascists to represent and mobilize violence against Jews and millions of other marginalized people, is a form of hate speech,” Pelton wrote. “Defacing our campus with such a symbol is indefensibly abhorrent, and I ask all of you to join me in condemning it.”

Emerson’s student government issued a statement on January 23 condemning the graffiti. “It is not a prank, it is not a joke, it is a vile corruption that has no place on our campus,” the Student Government Association’s statement read.

Emerson College Hillel Chapter President Melissa Bordelon told student-run newspaper the Berkeley Beacon, “It’s a very, very difficult time for our Jewish community on campus. There will be conversations surrounding this topic for a long time, and Hillel will continue existing and continue being a community for Jewish students on campus.”

Anti-Defamation League New England tweeted, “Thank you @EmersonCollege
for taking swift action after finding four swastikas in a dorm. Denouncing hate speech and creating spaces for the community to come together are important steps in fighting hate.”

On January 21, a swastika was found on a table in the library on Syracuse’s campus. The campus Department of Public Safety announced it has identified the perpetrator and referred the unidentified person to the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Swastikas Found on Nebraska Synagogue

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A pair of swastikas were found on a synagogue in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 15.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that one swastika was painted on South Street Temple’s steps and the other was painted on the synagogue’s door. The words “black shirt” also were  painted on the door; black shirts were the uniforms that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party wore.

StandWithUs tweeted out footage of the suspect:

Lincoln Police Officer Erin Spilker told ABC8 that it’s “obviously alarming for this kind of thing to be on a synagogue and we take this very seriously and it will be investigated as a hate crime.”

She urged community residents to keep an eye on similar graffiti in the area, although the police currently think the graffiti on South Street Temple was an outlier incident.

Elected officials condemned the graffiti.

“I condemn anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms, and encourage Nebraskans from all backgrounds to do the same,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, said in a Facebook post. “The Jewish community has been a vital part of our state for generations.”

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) similarly said in a statement, “I was saddened to hear about this act of vandalism at South Street Temple in Lincoln, and I encourage anyone with information to reach out to Lincoln Police Department. Hate and anti-Semitism have no place in Nebraska or anywhere in this country.”

I was saddened to hear about this act of vandalism at South Street Temple in Lincoln, and I encourage anyone with…

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Anti-Defamation League Plain States Regional Director Gary Nachman also denounced the graffiti in a statement to the World-Herald.

“This cowardly behavior, which only seeks to instill fear in our community, will not deter Jews or any other religious group from practicing our constitutional right of religious expression and freedom,” he said.

Calabasas Man Refuses to Remove Anti-Semitic Messages from Condo Balcony

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A Calabasas man who allegedly posted swastikas and other anti-Semitic messages on a balcony in the Park Sorrento Condominiums on Jan. 14 is refusing to remove them.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the signs featured “Nazi emblems alongside American flags and profanity-laced diatribes.” The signs also criticized Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), among other politicians.

A police report was filed on the signs, but the police told KTLA that “they could not make the man take down the messages since they were posted in his private residence.”

The condo’s board members told ABC7 that the man refuses to permanently remove the signs, despite the board constantly fining him. 

Video footage from KTLA shows a man shouting, “Call the White House!” as he throws papers down to reporters featuring the same messages as the signs on the balcony.

Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub condemned the signs in a statement to ABC7.

“This type of material and language has no place in our community and we will do everything we can to get it down,” she said. “Thank you to the residents who contacted the sheriff. I know we all feel sick that someone can so freely put up such hateful language in our community.”

American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Regional Director Richard S. Hirschhaut said in a statement to the Journal, “This obviously is a troubled individual in need of intervention by the appropriate social service agencies. It is particularly sad and disturbing that his social pathology includes a toxic stew of antisemitism and hate. Putting his vitriol on display is understandably unnerving to his neighbors and the community.” 

The Los Angeles Human Rights Commission released a report on Sept. 25 stating that anti-Semitic hate crimes in Los Angeles increased 14% from 2017 to 2018.

UPDATE: Weintraub announced in a Facebook post, “The City of Calabasas has notified the homeowner on Park Sorrento he has 24 hours to remove the offensive material posted on his property since it violates city code covering inflammatory language and threats to others.”

Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles Senior Associate Regional Director Matt Friedman told the Journal in a phone interview that the signs had the swastikas in conjunction with the words “Death to America,” which he said was disturbing rhetoric. He added that he hoped community pressure would cause the signs to be taken down.

“People… understandly would like to see this type of rhetoric stop and I hope that as a community we can find an amicable solution to this,” Friedman said.

Swastikas Found on Massachusetts College Campus

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Several swastikas were found on a bathroom door at Worcester State University in Massachusetts on Dec. 6, the city’s local newspaper, the Telegram & Gazette, reported.

Worcester Dean of Students and Chair Student Affairs Officer Julie A. Kazarian wrote in a Dec. 7 email to students that the swastikas have since been removed and an investigation is underway.

“Worcester State University does not condone offensive symbols, language or artifacts that disparage or otherwise target an individual, protected group or diverse segments of our population,” Kazarian wrote. “The University strives to create a welcoming, inclusive learning environment where all students, staff and faculty — regardless of background — can thrive.”

Anti-Defamation League Senior Associate Regional Director Peggy Shukur said in a statement to the Journal, “The swastika incident at Worcester State is not an isolated incident, nor is it unique to the university. It is a part of a bigger trend we are witnessing where swastikas regularly deface schools and college campuses across the region and the country.”

She added: “We commend the university for swiftly condemning the incident. We believe that ongoing conversations by the school community after a bias incident is an essential element in the fight against hate.”

Other recent instances of swastikas on Massachusetts college campuses include five swastikas found on the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 30 and eight found on Smith College on Oct. 24.

DC Synagogue Vandalized with Swastika Graffiti

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Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue was vandalized with graffiti of swastikas on Nov. 29.

The synagogue’s rabbis – Shira Stutman, Aaron Potek and Jesse Paikin – wrote in a Dec. 2 email to community members that the graffiti also contained unspecified anti-Semitic slurs; the graffiti was carved into a door and drawn on a stairwell. The damage was minor.

“Given the current climate, we are unfortunately not surprised by this happening,” the rabbis wrote. “Anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, as are hate crimes against marginalized communities. While we are grateful to live in a country that has nurtured the world’s most vibrant Jewish communities, we know there is a tremendous amount of work left to be done.”

They added that when such graffiti occurs, Jews should remain proud of who they are.

“We are stronger than a few swastikas; stronger than some impotent graffiti etched into our doors,” the rabbis wrote. “In solidarity with non-Jewish loved ones and allies, we can and will respond to his hateful act with open doors, in resilience and spirit, living Jewish lives of joy, optimism and pride.”

Zioness Director of Grassroots Organizing Carly Pildis tweeted, “I have no words for what this place means to me. My husband converted there. Rabbi Shira married us. My daughter was named there. I am distraught.”

In a subsequent tweet, Pildis called for people to donate to Sixth and I.

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Hugh Carew told The Washington Post that police are investigating the matter.

According to the Post, Sixth and I gears their services toward millennials and hosted speakers and performers like Jim Gaffigan, Tina Fey and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

University of Georgia President Denounces Multiple Swastika Incidents

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University of Georgia (UGA) President Jere Morehead sent out a letter to community members on Nov. 21 denouncing two incidents where swastikas appeared on campus over the past couple of months, the Red and Black student newspaper reports.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 6, when a swastika and the words “All Heil!” were scrawled on a whiteboard outside of Jewish student Ariana Dinberg’s dorm room, according to Grady Newsource, which is another student publication. On Nov. 19, a swastika was drawn on a different Jewish student’s door as well as several other doors in the building.

Morehead said that he was “appalled by such offensive and outrageous displays of hate. Let me be clear: this type of behavior has no place on our campus.”

UGA Hillel Director Roey Shoshan told the Red and Black, “We’re worried that these instances are not going to stop. What Hillel has been trying to do, throughout the process, is to support the students… and work with UGA to really solve this and educate people.”

Jewish student Max Harris told Grady Newsource that because the current crop of students is two generations after Holocaust survivors, “we’re only one step away from discrimination at its worst form. So anything like this happening is very jarring.”

Anti-Defamation League Southeast Associate Regional Director David Hoffman said in a statement to the Journal, “Displays of swastika graffiti have been used on universities across the country to intimidate and instill fear in students and the broader community. We commend the strong and comprehensive responses to this incident from both student and faculty leadership at the University of Georgia, and are engaging in conversations with various stakeholders to support their efforts to remove hate from their campus.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted, “Cancerous #antiSemitism continues to spread across America’s campuses.”

Swastikas Found at Massachusetts Wheaton College

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A couple of swastikas were discovered at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. in two weeks, WLNE reports.

Both swastikas were found drawn on whiteboards in the Pine Hall dormitory; the first one, discovered on Oct. 27, was on a whiteboard in the common area and the second one was found on a whiteboard in front of a dorm room on Nov. 7 that a Jewish student resides in.

Dennis Hanno, the college president, condemned the swastikas in a letter to community members.

“This runs counter to our values as an institution,” Hanno wrote. “The swastika is a symbol of anti-Semitism, white supremacy and genocide. It remains a threat to Jewish people, and an affront to every member of the Wheaton community.”

Hanno added that the college will be beefing up security at the residence hall and is working to determine the perpetrator or perpetrators behind the swastikas. He highlighted the various school resources students could use if they need support.

“Please remember that we are stronger together,” Hanno wrote. “The surest way to defeat hatred and intolerance is through our connections to each other and our support for each other’s rights and dignity.”

Anti-Defamation League New England Regional Director Robert Trestan said in a statement to the Journal, “We are disheartened to learn of swastikas found at Wheaton’s campus, and are particularly troubled by the targeting of a Jewish student with this heinous symbol of hate. We applaud Wheaton’s denunciation and investigation of this incident, and following up with support and [programming] for students. By doing so, the Wheaton community is sending a clear message that acts of hate will not be tolerated on its campus.”

The swastikas discovered at the Massachusetts Wheaton College are not only swastikas to be recently found at a Massachusetts college. On Oct. 24, eight swastikas were found on three buildings at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

The Massachusetts Wheaton College is a private liberal arts college. It is not affiliated with the Wheaton College in Illinois.

Swastikas Found on Seattle Turtles

BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are seen before they are released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Two turtles were found with swastikas painted on them in a state park in Renton, Wash., nearby Seattle.

The Renton Police Department announced in a Nov. 5 Facebook post that the turtles were seen at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, but the authorities were unable to capture them.

Renton Police were made aware that two of our Gene Coulon turtles had some markings painted on their shells. We made an…

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According to The Seattle Times, authorities think that the turtles were formerly pets that were put into the wild with white inverted swastikas painted on them. The turtles are also not believed to be from Lake Washington, where the park is located, KIRO 7 reports.

“It seems pretty clear to us what the symbol means,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Pacific Northwest Regional Director Miri Cypers told the Times. “I think it’s a really sad and unfortunate act. Unfortunately, anti-Semitic vandalism is becoming all too common in this climate.”

Chad Cashman-Greene, who organized the Nov. 9 Rally Against Hate in response to the swastikas, told KIRO 7, “Many of us are upset to see this in our own backyard.”

Former New York Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who heads the Americans Against Antisemitism watchdog, tweeted, “In the latest strain of the anti-Semitism plague even wildlife aren’t safe! Sick people out there.”

The ADL’s Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents found that there was a 60% increase in anti-Semitic incidents from 2017 to 2018 in Washington State.

Swastikas Found at Connecticut Elementary School

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There were three swastikas found on a wall at a sixth-grade-only school in Glastonbury, Ct. on Nov. 7, the Hartford Courant reports.

The swastikas were etched into an auditorium wall at Gideon Welles School. Principal Kent Hurlburt told community members in an email that the school will use the swastikas as “a teachable moment,” per the Courant. The school is working with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to develop a program about tolerance.

“We will do the work needed to instill in our community that this type of incident is not tolerated and will be addressed with education and understanding,” Hurlburt wrote in the email, per the Courant. “We remain constantly committed to our school standards of CARE, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY for our students, staff and community.”

ADL Connecticut Assistant Director Andy Friedland told the Courant, “It’s important for schools to step up and challenge this when they happen and reach out to the community… people feel targeted and scared and don’t feel welcome when symbols like this are discovered.”

The Stop Antisemitism.org watchdog tweeted, “Just a week after a #Connecticut #synagogue was evacuated due to a bomb threat, yet ANOTHER school in the state discovers #antisemitic graffiti!”

On Oct. 25, Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, Ct. received two bomb threats, resulting in the evacuation. The person suspected of making the threats was a Florida man in his 60s; authorities determined there was no threat to the temple.

Other recent instances of swastika graffiti at schools in Connecticut include several swastikas carved on a bathroom stall door at Staples High School in Westport on Sept. 12 and a student used deodorant to draw a swastika at Southington High School in Southington on Sept. 16. There have also been several instances of swastikas at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, as there were multiple swastikas drawn on classroom windows on Sept. 9 at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, another on a bathroom door on Sept. 16 at the same school, and a swastika found drawn on a desk with a pencil eraser on Oct. 28.

Five Swastikas Found at UMass Amherst

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Five swastikas were found at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Fine Arts Center on Oct. 30.

A university spokesperson said in a statement to the Journal that the swastikas were drawn in chalk on the Fine Arts Center’s walls.

“This act of hate is an affront to the university’s values,” the statement read. “We reject this hateful act and remain firm in our commitment to building a more inclusive, equitable community that embraces the dignity of all.”

The spokesperson added that the swastikas have been removed and university police have been informed on the matter.

UMass Students in Alliance for Israel (SAFI) wrote in an Oct. 30 Facebook post, “We are deeply hurt and disgusted by these anti-Semitic symbols being represented on our campus. This is an act of White Supremacy which is unacceptable and we must condemn it. Hate Has No Home at UMass: Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.”

UMass Amherst Hillel wrote in an Oct. 31 Facebook post that they were “disheartened” about the swastikas.

“Swastikas are symbols of hatred and violence towards Jews and others and have no place at UMass or anywhere,” the post stated. “We denounce anti-Semitism and remain committed to cultivating a campus community where hate has no home. Now is a time to reaffirm the Jewish value that every person has inherent worth and to deepen our commitment to build a world of dignity, respect, tolerance and goodness.”

The UMass Hillel post added that they will be providing bagels and have open office hours for those in need of support and “will be holding space at Hillel for conversation, reflection, and processing” after their Nov. 1 Shabbat dinner.

Anti-Defamation League New England Regional Director Robert Trestan said in a statement to the Journal, “It is truly disheartening to learn that the Fine Arts Center at UMass-Amherst has been defaced with swastikas. This act of hate is all the more concerning following a similar incident last week at nearby Smith College. We commend the University’s swift response to this most recent act of anti-Semitism and the continuing commitment of UMass Hillel and the University to the safety and well-being of students following this incident.” 

He added; “As we await the results of law enforcement’s investigation, we reiterate that acts of hatred towards any group on a college campus or elsewhere cannot be tolerated.”

Alums for Campus Fairness also condemned the swastikas, saying in an Oct. 30 statement, “We must not allow UMass Amherst to become a campus that fosters antisemitism and threatens the mental and physical well-being of Jewish students.”

Previously at UMass Amherst, a swastika was found in a student’s dorm room in Nov. 2018, and two swastikas were found on campus in 2016.

Multiple Swastikas Found on Smith College Campus

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Several swastikas were found on three different buildings at Smith College, an all-women’s school in Northampton, Mass. on Oct. 24.

The swastikas were drawn in red marker on the walls of two science buildings – Burton and Bass Hall – as well as Seelye Hall, which houses various classrooms and faculty offices. There were eight swastikas total and have all been removed, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

College President Kathleen McCartney said in an Oct. 24 statement to the community that she was “sickened” and “angry” about the vandalism. 

“I condemn in the strongest terms this act of hatred and cowardice,” McCartney said. “I also recognize that these are not just marks on a wall but attacks on our community and the values we hold central to our shared humanity. Hate has no place at Smith.”

She added that the college is focused on ensuring “the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community, especially members of the Jewish community and so many others for whom this symbol is an act of violence and an erasure of identity.”

The Smith College Jewish Community thanked everyone who showed support for the Jewish community in the aftermath of the vandalism in an Oct. 27 Facebook post.

“We are incredibly grateful for the swift and vocal condemnation from the community and the rapid response from the administration, and we hope this trend of immediate action and solidarity continues whenever instances of hate and violence against any marginalized group occur in the future,” the post read. “We stand with everyone impacted by the events of last week, including all students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and all those harmed by white supremacy.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, “No one should be subjected to #antiSemitism on any college campus. If you see #antiSemitic imagery, such as the swastikas found on Smith College, speak out.”

Swastikas Found on Iowa Bridge

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Multiple swastikas were found on a popular bridge in Rock Valley, Iowa.

The City of Rock Valley announced in a Sept. 26 Facebook post that the swastikas were spray-painted in white on the Kiwanis Bridge’s poles and drawn in blue chalk along the pavement. 

People expressed outrage over the swastikas in the comments section of the city’s Facebook post.

“Walked across it this morning with my kids what was written was just absolutely a disgrace,” Diana Cruz wrote. “People have no mentality to respect the beauty of nature that others enjoy viewing.”

“This type of hatred isn’t welcome in our town!” Angela Marie Schmidt wrote. “So sad to see that someone is so misguided they feel the need to vandalize lies.”

Anti-Defamation League Omaha tweeted, “Disturbing to see reports of swastikas spray painted in public. #antisemitism and #Hate are appalling any time, but particularly galling so close to Rosh Hashana. Gratified that Rock Valley PD is investigating.”

The Iowa swastika was found shortly after swastika graffiti was found in a Brooklyn apartment as well as on synagogues in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Swastikas Found at Bay Area High School

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Several instances of anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic graffiti were found at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sept. 5.

The approximate dozen instances of graffiti spanned across multiple buildings throughout Burlingame High School, according to the Burlingame B school newspaper. The Burlingame B described the graffiti as featuring “swastikas, anarchist symbols and racial slurs.

Principal Paul Belzer wrote in an email to parents that he was “outraged” at the vandalism and the school discussed the matter during a forum later in the day, according to the Jewish News of Northern California.

I feel our students and school, and our school’s values of integrity and community have been attacked,” Belzer wrote.

Police are investigating the vandalism; Anti-Defamation League Central Pacific Region Associate Director Vlad Khaykin told the Journal in a phone interview that the ADL is working with law enforcement and the school on the matter.

The Sept. 5 graffiti at Burlingame High School occurred during a string of similar anti-Semitic graffiti occurring around the country; several swastikas were found spray-painted on at least nine homes in San Pedro over Labor Day weekend. Additionally, swastika graffiti was also found at a University of Nevada Reno residence hall on Aug. 23 and at Needham High School in Boston on Sept. 4.

Khaykin told the Journal that the recent incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti are illustrative of an increase in white nationalist activity worldwide.

“We’re seeing increasingly that white nationalist organizations are working together, collaborating, taking inspiration from one another, sharing ‘best practices’ if you can call them that, and really egging one another on, encouraging one another,” Khaykin said. “We’ve seen with the attacks in Christchurch that white nationalism has become a global threat, and part of the reason why that’s the case is because of the new technologies that have allowed these people to connect with one another across borders, across oceans, and to coordinate their activities in real time to stream their propaganda efforts in real time.”

He added that when acts of vandalism occur like the Sept. 5 graffiti in Burlingame High, community leaders need to speak out against it.

“Schools should be no place for hate, they should be a place where students go for a safe and nurturing environment,” Khaykin said. “Students should be challenged by their school assignments, not by the nature of their identity.”

Swastikas Found on Several Homes in San Pedro

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A slew of swastikas were found on around a dozen homes and buildings in San Pedro on Sept. 2.

Siamak Kordestani, American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Regional Office Assistant Director, tweeted out photos of some of the swastikas:

Police Office Paul Winter told the Daily Breeze newspaper that the vandalism spanned from “Grand Avenue to Pacific Avenue, and from 12th Street to 19th Street.” He also said that the police are looking for a 6’2” white male as a suspect and that they are investigating the matter as a hate crime.

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council President Doug Epperhart told the Daily Breeze that he had never seen such graffiti before in his 27 years living in San Pedro, pointing out that most graffiti in the area is “gang-related.” 

Temple Beth El Rabbi Cassi Kail told the Daily Breeze, “The man who did this chose to invoke something, provoking fear and from a place of hatred. Even if it wasn’t specifically against the Jewish community, it’s against all people who value diversity and respect for another.”

Community activist Lion Lyons told Spectrum News that he is going to organize a community meeting to address the matter.

This community, as you can tell, we’re very diverse and we don’t have time for that,” Lyons told CBS Los Angeles. “First off, we want to educate our youth and seeing that this doesn’t happen and at the same time, let them know that everyone’s welcoming here.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, “Sickening display of #antiSemitism in California where swastikas were found painted onto over a dozen houses. Glad to see the community has already come together to take action and seek justice. @LA_ADL is working with law enforcement to assist in any way.”

Swastikas Found in Nevada, Boston Schools

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Two swastikas were found in Nevada and Boston schools on Aug. 23 and Sept. 4, respectively. 

On Aug. 23, a swastika was found painted in one of the University of Nevada Reno’s (UNR) new converted residence halls, KOLO 8 reports.The swastika was reportedly a few inches big and found painted in a stairwell on the 17th floor of the Wolf Pack Tower. University police are unsure if the swastika was there before or after students had moved in; there is no surveillance footage from that area.

In an Aug. 24 email to UNR community members, Assistant Director of Residential Life Toby Toland called it “an act of vandalism” and said that it “represents Nazi’s and other current hate groups who encourage discrimination and violence against many underrepresented populations and has no place in our campus communities.”

He added that the Department of Resident Life will be providing education to fight against bigotry and encouraged community members to “hold each other accountable. If you or someone close to you is subject to any form of discrimination, please reach out to a student staff member or your Resident Directors for additional support. You may also report through the Title IX office in the Continuing Education building or through their website.”

Hillel of Northern Nevada, Residence Hall Association and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada issued a joint statement on Sept. 4 saying that the swastika “saddened” them and they’re going to hold a town hall on the matter in October.

“At this Town Hall, we will address various on-campus issues, including anti-Semitism, and work together to create a strategic plan in improving our campus,” the statement read.

Posted by Hillel of Northern Nevada on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Wolf Pack Tower was originally the Sky Tower; it was converted into a residence hall after a boiler failure caused an explosion in July, resulting in extensive damage to two UNR residence halls. Those halls will be closed for the entire year, if not longer.

In addition, a swastika was found scratched into a Boston high school bathroom stall on Sept. 3, reported by the Boston Globe.

Needham High School (NHS) Principal Aaron Sicotte said in a statement that the school administrators believe the vandalism occurred over the summer, when the school was utilized for myriad programs.

“Hate like this – hate of any nature – has no place at Needham High School,” Sicotte said.

Prior to the swastika found on Sept. 3, NHS had seen seven instances of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in a span of 16 months from Dec. 2017 to Feb. 2019; at least three of those were swastikas.

Sicotte said in a January email to NHS community members, “I appreciate all of the times students report concerning items and the many times each day a student says to a friend that something shouldn’t be done or said. Those can be hard moments, but they highlight the depth of character of so many of our students and the essence of what make NHS the strong community it is. We have incredible students and adults in this building, and offensive behavior like this does not reflect who we truly are.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, 14 anti-Semitic incidents have been reported in Boston in 2017, 20 in 2018 and 14 so far in 2019. In Nevada, 20 incidents of anti-Semitism were recorded in 2017, 17 in 2018, and at least five in 2019.

Two Swastikas Found in Indiana Dorm Room

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Two swastikas were found in a dorm room at the University of Indiana on the evening of August 5.

Michal and Shira Sasson, who are Israeli twin sisters, were moving into their dorm room at Roberts Hall when they discovered two pinkish-red swastikas on the wall of their room.

“I felt like there was a knot in my stomach,” Michal Sasson told the Indianapolis Star. “It was just very harsh, like right in your face. I just said we’re miles and miles away from home, and this is our home away from home. And at that moment, I felt even further away from my house. I just felt like I was excluded, and it was very painful.”

Shira similarly told FOX59, “You don’t see this anywhere in Israel, so coming here it was very frightening that people still feel like they can put that symbol on the wall.”

University Spokesperson Sara Galer told the Associated Press that a pink eraser was used to draw the swastikas.

The university is investigating the matter and booked a hotel room for the Sasson sisters.

“Every member of this University is a valued individual and there is never a place on our campus for expressions of hate and bigotry,” the university said in a statement. “Actions such as these displayed yesterday evening on our campus will not be tolerated by the University of Indianapolis and should not be tolerated anywhere in our nation.”

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council Assistant Director David Sklar said in an August 6 statement, “We will continue to stay in touch with the administration and have offered to do what we can to support the students, university, and community at large as the investigation unfolds. In these difficult times, we ask that everyone continue to report hateful symbols and speech meant to intimidate or spread fear to the proper authorities.”

StandWithUs Co-Founder and CEO Roz Rothstein, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, similarly said in a statement to the Journal, “This unacceptable incident is part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic vandalism we’ve seen in recent years. We commend the administration for taking immediate action and opening an investigation.  This hate has no place on campus, and we hope the university will find the perpetrator soon and hold them accountable.”

UPDATE: The Anti-Defamation League’s Midwest region chapter tweeted:

Swastikas Discovered in New Jersey School

Two swastikas were discovered at Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, N.J., over the last two weeks.

The first was found on May 28 on a bathroom wall adjoining the high school and middle school. 

“There are no suspects, nor has a specific intended target been identified,” Glen Rock Police Chief Dean Ackermann told the Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice. “A bias incident follow-up was completed by the detective bureau based upon limited information [made] available from school officials.”

On June 6, a teacher discovered a second swastika chiseled into a classroom wall. Ackermann said officers responded and photographed the area but there was little evidence as to the perpetrator.

“The administration, staff and maintenance personnel at the Glen Rock public schools are currently working diligently to inspect all facilities for any other bias or inappropriate graffiti which may be obscured in inconspicuous locations,” Ackermann told the Daily Voice. “All suspected bias incidents are treated seriously. Where evidence supports the identification of the actor, appropriate prosecution will occur.”

Glen Rock Public School Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson sent a letter to parents on June 4 stating the school district was making “every effort to identify the offender, but as of this date, our efforts have been unsuccessful. The building administration will continue to be diligent in our search.”

He added, “The Glen Rock [school district] denounces the use of this symbol … as it symbolizes genocide, intolerance and hate.”

“It’s something we have to get in front of because if this gets normalized with students, imagine what kind of impact it’s going to have on society at large.” — Evan Bernstein

In a June 5 statement, Glen Rock Mayor Bruce Packer and the Glen Rock City Council said, “Hate speech and hate in any form is not welcome in Glen Rock. While the Superintendent and BOE (Board of Education) are the appropriate lead on the response in the schools to this incident, we have offered our help and support in any way that they deem necessary. In the wake of this incident, we urge our community to come together; for us all to speak with our children and our neighbors; to discuss the impact of our words and actions on others, whether or not the intent is malicious.”

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Regional Director for New York and New Jersey Evan Bernstein told the Journal the swastikas were “a continuation of a very disturbing trend that’s happening in K-12 schools in northern and central New Jersey.” He added the ADL’s 2018 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents found an uptick in anti-Semitic instances in New Jersey schools.

“It’s something we have to get in front of,” Bernstein said, “because if this gets normalized with students, imagine what kind of impact it’s going to have on society at large.”

The ADL will be working with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey to help implement its anti-bias training program called No Place for Hate in schools to prevent such anti-Semitic incidents, Bernstein said.

“We go into schools with our educational team and work with school parents, administrators and students to make a school no place for hate,” he said. “We had over 200 schools last year that graduated as No Place for Hate schools. We want to get into as many of those schools as possible in New Jersey.”

According to the ADL, there were 200 anti-Semitic incidents in New Jersey in 2018, the third-highest of any state. However, the ADL also found there was a 4% decline in anti-Semitic incidents in the state between 2017 and 2018.

Swastikas Found in San Francisco Park

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Thirteen swastikas were found in Buena Vista Park in San Francisco on the morning of April 15.

Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, who had members of his family die during the Holocaust, discovered the swastikas while he was walking his dog with his wife.

Szabo told the San Francisco Chronicle that it was “chilling” to see the swastikas.

“It’s truly the ultimate symbol of evil,” Szabo told KTVU. “So, for somebody to destroy a park – a public park – with that symbol just has no place here.”

Park officials later painted over the swastikas:

Madison Sink, a spokesperson for San Francisco’s Parks and Recreation department, told NBC Bay Area, “Our parks are places of peace and respite, and vile symbols of anti-Semitism and hate have no place there – or anywhere in civilized society.”

Police are currently investigating the matter.

Teens Arrested for Burning Swastikas Into San Dimas Lawn, Street

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Three teenage boys were arrested on April 9 for burning swastikas into a lawn and street in San Dimas.

One of the boys is a 13-year-old from Covina, another is a 13-year-old from Hemet and the third is a 14-year-old from Long Beach. None of them have been publicly identified since they are minors.

On April 4, two swastikas were found burned into a family lawn in San Dimas; the family is not Jewish. A couple more swastikas were found later in the day burned into unincorporated street between San Dimas and Covina. On April 7, another swastika was found burned into a San Dimas street.

According to CBS Los Angeles, later on April 7 three small brush fires occurred that are believed to have been the result of the three teens using aerosol cans and cigarette lighters.

KTLA reports that investigators believe the three teens didn’t single out anyone, although the motive is still unknown.

Swastikas Found Burned Into San Dimas Lawn

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A couple of swastikas were found burned into a lawn in a San Dimas home on April 4.

Tammy Ferris, a resident at the home, told KTLA that her son first discovered it that morning.

“How horrible that someone would come and ruin people’s property, for what?” Ferris said.

Another resident at the home, Ted Ferris, told The Los Angeles Times that his family isn’t Jewish and he had never seen that kind of hate in the community. He added that it would likely cost $6,000 to fix the damage caused to his lawn, which consisted of synthetic turf.

Later in the day, two more swastikas were found burned into the roadway a block away from the Ferris home; the city estimates that it would cost $5,000 to repair the damage, according to KTLA. Police believe the two instances of vandalism are related.

Sgt. Pete Shupe from the San Dimas station told the Times that the swastikas were probably the result of teenagers “being little jerks.” It is currently not being investigated as a hate crime because Jews weren’t specifically targeted.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Los Angeles chapter tweeted:

Anyone with information about the vandalisms is encouraged to contact the San Dimas police station at 909-450-2700.

More Swastikas Found in Brooklyn Area Where RBG Poster Was Vandalized

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(JTA) — Swastikas were found spray-painted on a sidewalk in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint on Monday morning.

Police are investigating the graffiti found on Newel Street near an intersection with Norman Avenue, according to the Greenpoint Post.

Less than a month ago, a poster hung in a Greenpoint subway stop advertising a book about Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was vandalized with a swastika and the phrase “Die, Jew bitch!”

Stickers with swastikas and other hate speech were found in the neighborhood in January, prompting responses from several local city and state lawmakers.

Swastikas Found in N.C. School Dorm

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A number of swastikas were found inside a residence hall at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCCSM) on March 27.

A March 28 email from NCCSM Chancellor Todd Roberts told members of the community that the “swastikas were found drawn on one of our residence hall floors.” The name of the residence hall is not mentioned.

“The swastika symbol has historically been and continues to be used as a symbol of hate, intimidation, intolerance, and this type of behavior has no place in our community on campus and will not be tolerated,” Roberts wrote. “I am deeply disappointed in the actions of the individual or individuals who felt it was okay to draw swastikas in one of our residence halls.”

Roberts concluded the email by stating that the school is investigating to see who the perpetrator or perpetrators of the swastikas were.

Bryan Gilmer, NCCSM’s director of communications, told the Journal in an email that the school is not making any photographs of the swastikas publicly available because they “don’t want to propagate such offensive images.”

The investigation is continuing, but there is no update to provide so far since the chancellor’s email,” Gilmer wrote.

NCCSM describes itself as “the nation’s first public, residential STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school, challenging and inspiring N.C. students through residential, online, and summer options.”

Arizona Chabad Construction Site Vandalized with Swastikas

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A Chabad building that is under construction in Flagstaff, Ariz. was found with swastikas spray-painted and carved on it.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the Chabad of Flagstaff’s Molly Blank Center’s construction site was broken into sometime between March 22 and 25; the perpetrators then painted swastikas on the windows and carved the symbols on the walls.

The perpetrators also knocked over cans of black paint onto the floor, damaged various power tools and placed plaster mud over some windows; authorities estimate the vandals caused more than $1,000 in property damage.

Chabad Rabbi Dovie Shapiro and his wife Chaya said on the Chabad’s website, “This incident is a sad reminder of the discrimination and anti-Semitism that still exists among some people. While it’s alarming and very disturbing, it will not deter us – to the contrary this reinforces and motivates us more to do the important work we’re doing and continue teaching about unity and acceptance.”

“We look forward to the day, G‑d willing — not too far in the future — when construction will be complete, and we will open the doors of the new Molly Blank Jewish Community Center to be a welcoming place for all,” they added.

Rabbi Shapiro told the Daily Sun that it was a “shock” to see the anti-Semitic vandalism given the organization had never experienced anti-Semitism in Flagstaff before. The best way to fight against such hate, Shapiro said, was “love.”

“We are so used to loving for something in return, giving for something in return,” Shapiro said. “If we can just love for no reason whatsoever, that’s how you combat the forces of hate in the world.”

Police are classifying the incident as a hate crime. The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $2,000 reward for any information on the perpetrators.

Swastikas, Bloodstains Found in L.A. Park

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Police are currently investigating a series of bloodstains and two swastikas drawn in blood discovered March 4 at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles’ Fairfax district.

KTLA reports the bloodstains were found in a bathroom at the park, and the swastikas were drawn on a cement wall close to the playground. Red footprints could be seen going to a nearby 7-Eleven and Coffee Bean. The site of the blood and swastikas is close to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the .discovery was made around 6:45 a.m. LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said investigators believe the blood came from someone who had suffered an accident, a self-inflicted injury or a criminal act.

Bloodhounds were brought in and followed a scent for several blocks going south, then east, before losing the trail, Eisenman said.

City Councilman David Ryu issued a statement, saying, “Acts of hate and anti-Semitism are deeply painful and have no place in the city of Los Angeles.”

The Anti-Defamation League’s Los Angeles chapter tweeted:

A hate incident report was generated. Detectives are still searching for the injured party.

Brooklyn Woman’s Apartment Door Vandalized With Swastikas

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An elderly Jewish woman found swastikas drawn on her apartment door on Dec. 28 during Shabbat.

The woman, 77-year-old Miriam Marc, was told by her neighbors at around 4 p.m. that the two swastikas were on her door. Each swastika, drawn in red marker, was 12 inches in length and were on each sides of her door.

“I see this I am in a shock, in a shock and I’m like choking,” Marc told CBS New York. “I cannot talk.”

Marc’s late husband was a Holocaust survivor; Marc herself fled anti-Semitism in Europe. She attends weekly Holocaust survivor meetings, but she is now afraid to go and is unable to sleep at night as a result of the swastikas on her door.

“I feel like they targeted me,” Marc told the New York Post. “I don’t do nothing bad to anyone. I’m a quiet old woman.”

It is not yet known who the perpetrator is, as there aren’t any security cameras on the outside of her building. The building superintendent told Brooklyn News 12 that he will be installing security cameras around the building as a result of the vandalism.

The vandalism comes as New York City experienced a 22 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes from 2017 to 2018.

Columbia Professor’s Office Vandalized With Swastikas

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A professor at Columbia University found her office vandalized with spray-painted swastikas and the anti-Semitic slur “Yid” on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, Elizabeth Midlarsky, who is a Holocaust scholar and psychology professor at the university, discovered the graffiti at 1 p.m. that day on the walls of her office.

“I stopped for a moment, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Midlarsky told the Spectator.

Midlarsky also told The Washington Post, “I’m usually not a fearful person, but they got me. I’m afraid.”

It’s not the first time Midlarsky’s office has been vandalized; in 2007, a swastika was spray-painted on her door, a couple of weeks after anti-Semitic flyers had been found in her office mailbox.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein told The New York Times that such graffiti in “somebody’s intimate space like that was very unique.”

Thomas Bailey, president of Columbia’s Teachers College, denounced the graffiti in a statement.

“We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society,” Bailey said. “We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community.”

Bailey added, “Please rest assured that we are working with police to discover the perpetrator of this hateful act.”

The ADL praised Bailey’s statement in a tweet:

Columbia’s Students Supporting Israel chapter wrote on their Facebook page that they “didn’t believe, or didn’t want to believe, that it would happen here.”

“The only resolve we can find is the belief that maybe this will finally wake up the administration as to what is going on under their noses,” they wrote. “We fear this will be swept under the rug like countless other complaints. We can only look to ourselves to make sure this climate doesn’t snowball into the complete antithesis of the values Columbia was founded on.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Three Swastikas Found on Cornell in Nine Days

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A total of three swastikas have been found on Cornell University’s campus in a span of nine days, according to the Cornell Daily Sun.

The first swastika was found on a whiteboard at Court-Kay-Bauer Hall on Nov. 10; the second was found at Clara Dickson Hall on Nov. 14.

On Monday, the third swastika was found in the snow in front of Mews Hall, close to Appel Commons.

Avi Simon, a Jewish student who first noticed the swastika in the snow, told the Sun, “These are the symbols they [the alt-right] use in my experience, and it means a target toward all people of color, towards Jews, toward members of the LGBTQ community.”

Ryan Lombardi, the vice president for student and campus life at Cornell, expressed “revulsion” at the swastikas in a Tuesday statement.

“I vehemently denounce such acts, which are clearly intended to intimidate members of our community,” Lombardi said. “The swastika has historically been – and continues to be – used as a symbol of intolerance, terror and repression against vulnerable communities.”

Lombardi added that a “support gathering” would be held after Thanksgiving for community members to address the issue.

“I specifically want to acknowledge and affirm our support for the Jewish members of our community who have faced the impact of anti-Semitism nationally and, unfortunately, now locally as well,” Lombardi said. “It is our shared responsibility to denounce such cowardly acts.”

However, the university has been criticized over its response to the swastikas. The Sun argued in a Tuesday editorial that the university’s response to the swastika was too slow, prompting “an increase in confusion and worry among students.”

“While we appreciate the sentiment in VP Ryan Lombardi’s statement that was eventually emailed to students shortly before noon today, Cornell must understand that in this fast-paced world, it must move more quickly and assertively,” the editorial read. “It took five days and a third swastika for a statement to be released. Were the first two swastikas not worthy enough of recognition?”

The editorial added that Lombardi’s statement “said next to nothing about finding those responsible and holding them to account.”

“There was not even a sentence asking anyone with relevant information to come forward to help in the investigation,” the editorial concluded. “Denouncements are fine and good, but unless they are followed by action, they are not worth the digital ink in which they are printed.”

When asked by the Journal about the editorial, a university spokesperson simply pointed to Lombardi’s statement from earlier in the day.

ADL audit notes spike in anti-Semitism since 2016

These two notes were left on a house neighboring Chabad of Oak Park in February. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Yisroel Levine

Anti-Semitic acts have become significantly more widespread in America since the beginning of last year, nearly doubling in the first quarter of 2017, according to a national report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The United States saw a 34 percent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in 2016, with an additional 86 percent increase in the first three months of this year, according to the ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released April 24. The audit shows a year-over-year comparison of harassment, vandalism and assault linked to Jew hatred.

Graphic courtesy of ADL.

Graphic courtesy of ADL.


In addition to the national report, the ADL released a companion report for incidents in its Pacific Southwest region, which includes Los Angeles. In California, the audit noted 211 incidents of anti-Semitism in 2016, up 21 percent from 2015.

The reports come on the heels of a pair of polls conducted by the ADL, published earlier this month, that found 14 percent of Americans hold anti-Semitic beliefs.

Amanda Susskind, Pacific Southwest regional director for the ADL, noted a number of alarming trends in the audit, some of which she said likely are tied to the national political environment and the November election of President Donald Trump.

“We believe the 2016 presidential election and the heightened political atmosphere may have played a role in some of the increase,” she told the Journal.

Though the reports provide only a rough assessment of anti-Semitic acts, Susskind pointed to some causes for concern, namely, the proliferation of swastikas as a hate symbol and, among youth, “a feeling of freedom to express themselves verbally in hateful ways.”

The regional audit notes a Riverside County elementary school vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, including the words “Burn Jews,” and an Indio high school student who wore a Nazi uniform to high school for Halloween.

Susskind said the president’s failure to appropriately check his supporters who express virulently anti-Semitic views helped create a permissive atmosphere for hateful speech.

“I have no doubt that it trickled down into the mainstream and ultimately into the school yards and playgrounds where kids are starting to become more loose-lipped,” Susskind said.

Nationally, the ADL reported “a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.”

“Seeing [anti-Semitism] in K-12 is pretty disturbing,” Susskind said. “Not that it’s not disturbing in college, but it’s newly disturbing to us this year.”

As for the swastikas, she said, “I hope it’s an anomaly.”

She noted an “extraordinarily large” number of incidents where swastikas were etched into cars, presumably owned by Jews. The regional report makes note of swastikas scratched into cars in Jewish neighborhoods including Hancock Park, Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills.

The national audit makes particular note of an uptick in anti-Semitic activity since the presidential election. Of the 1,266 acts noted in the report “targeting Jews and Jewish institutions” in 2016, almost 30 percent of them occurred in November and December.

During the first three months of 2017, there were 541 incidents, far more than the 291 reported during the same time period the previous year. The 2017 count includes a national wave of phony bomb threats against Jewish institutions.

“There’s been a significant, sustained increase in anti-Semitic activity since the start of 2016 and what’s most concerning is the fact that the numbers have accelerated over the past five months,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a press release.

Susskind was careful to note that the incidents in the audit represent only those reported to the ADL or that ADL staffers read about and followed up on, and also that the information was anecdotal rather than scientific.

Moreover, she said there are other arenas where anti-Semitism is entrenched that are not included in the reports.

Susskind said the ADL continues to monitor cyberhate, for instance, which has not abated since the election. She said haters are emboldened when the White House fails to quickly and strongly condemn acts of anti-Semitism.

“There’s a failure of leadership consistently, and in that vacuum, hate rushes in,” she said.