Report: Anti-Semitic Violence Down
NEW YORK (AP) _ Anti-Semitic violence, while at its lowest level nationally since 1989, increased last year in California and New York, according to an annual report by the Anti-Defamation League.
While overall numbers were down in 1999, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said Tuesday that those figures were mitigated by several horrific incidents: the firebombing of three Sacramento, Calif., synagogues, a shooting spree at a Jewish community center in suburban Los Angeles and the Chicago shooting of Orthodox Jews walking home from Sabbath services.
Five people were wounded in the Los Angeles center, and six were shot in the Illinois attack.
``The horrific acts of violence and extremism we have witnessed in the last year overwhelm the statistics,″ Foxman said.
According to the report, there were 1,547 reports of anti-Semitic violence, harassment and hatred in 1999 _ down from 1,611 acts a year earlier, a 4 percent decline.
California saw an increase of 52 incidents last year, caused in part by the June 17-18 synagogue arsons and the Aug. 10 community center shooting. Overall, there were 275 acts of anti-Semitism in California, up from 1998′s 223 _ a jump of 23 percent.
In New York, the number of anti-Semitic acts was up 9 percent last year, from 324 in 1998 to 352 in 1999.
The statistics for 1999 were compiled from the ADL’s 30 offices and from law enforcement. The ADL, founded in 1913, issued its first report in 1979.
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