The California Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report on July 2 revealing that anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by 21 percent in 2018 from the year prior.
The report documented 126 instances of antisemitic hate crimes in 2018, an increase from 104 in 2017. However, it was a decline from the 160 instances of antisemitic hate crimes in 2009.
Jews were the most frequent target of anti-religious hate crimes in California in 2018, followed by the “anti-other religion” category at 30 instances, 28 instances of anti-Muslim hate crimes and 10 instances of anti-Catholic hate crimes.
Despite the increase in antisemitic hate crimes, hate crimes overall in California dropped by 2.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the report.