ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. down in 2011 California still tops list

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States declined by 13 percent in 2011, but California topped the list as the state with the most reported cases.

That’s according to the annual Anti-Defamation League Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released Nov. 1, which reported a total of 1,080 incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment, compared with 1,239 incidents reported in 2010.

It is the lowest number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded by ADL in the past two decades, the organization said.

The report showed an increase, however, in the number of incidents of school bullying, with Jewish students reporting being harassed and intimidated by their peers using offensive anti-Semitic stereotypes or comments evoking the Nazis or the Holocaust.

The 2011 ADL audit includes incidents recorded in 45 states and Washington D.C., including 19 physical assaults on Jewish individuals; 731 cases of harassment, threats and events; and 330 cases of vandalism.

The states with the highest incident totals were those with large Jewish populations. The top four states were California, with 235 incidents in 2011, down from 297 in 2010; New York, with 195 incidents in 2011, down from 205 in 2010; New Jersey, with 144 incidents in 2011, up from 130 in 2010; and Florida, with 111 incidents in 2011, down from 116 in 2010.

The decline in the United States contrasts with a rise in serious incidents of anti-Semitism around the world. — jta