RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Virginia was registered as the 10th highest in the country for antisemitic incidents in 2020.
In the commonwealth, 49 antisemitic incidents were reported in 2020, which is a 75 percent increase from the 28 incidents in 2019, and a 58 percent increase from the 31 incidents in 2018.
The following number of incidents were reported for the year of 2020:
- Vandalism: 16 incidents – up from 12 in 2019 (33 percent increase)
- Harassment: 33 incidents – up from 16 in 2019 (106 percent increase)
- Assault: 0 incidents reported over the last 5 years
The ADL also says antisemitic incidents were also ‘motivated by the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 presidential election, and white supremacist propaganda distribution efforts.’
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