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May 2, 2019

According to just-released data from the Anti-Defamation League, New Jersey had the third-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2018. What makes this finding even more shameful is the total number of incidents actually declined 4 percent last year, dropping to 200 from 2017’s 208. According to the ADL, that total includes 104 cases of vandalism, 94 of harassment, and two assaults.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued a statement, citing New Jersey’s third-place ranking in the ADL’s 2018 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents as “alarming and disturbing.” He noted, “I believe we as New Jerseyans are better than this and will continue to stand up to any form of hate.”

New York (340) and California (341) finished second and first for anti-Semitic incidents. There were no incidents reported in Alaska, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

ADL also has posted an interactive tool that makes it possible to map extremism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism (H.E.A.T.) locally or nationally.

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