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Report: Anti-Semitic crimes rose in California in 2019

Yisroel Goldstein
Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 18:49:15-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state report says anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue that killed one woman and wounded three others.

Yet the California attorney general's report says Wednesday that hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%. Hate crimes are historically under-reported and the 2019 data does not include a recent rise in anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China.

California defines hate crimes as those targeting victims because of their race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or a disability.