Another Jewish Synagogue has been hit with anti-Semitic graffiti in Los Angeles amid a spike in anti-Semitic attacks in recent months.
According to the Anti-Defamation League of Los Angeles, the graffiti was discovered outside the Temple Ahavat Shalom and read "6 million $ was not enough." The graffiti appeared to reference the fact that between 1941 and 1945, six million Jewish people were killed during World War II in an attempted genocide.
The graffiti incident is not isolated, with the Anti-Defamation League saying that American Jews have experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism over the last year. According to the ADL's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents, a total of 1,879 attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions were recorded across the country in 2018. That's the third-highest year on record since the ADL began tracking that data in the 1970s.
ADL's annual tally of incidents nationwide found that anti-Semitic assaults, harassment and vandalism are still pervasive in the U.S. All but four states experienced some kind of anti-Semitic incidents.
In addition to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in Oct of 2018, there was high levels of white supremacist activity, including propaganda on college campuses and in communities, and hateful robocalls aimed at voters.
“We've worked hard to push back against anti-Semitism, and succeeded in improving hate crime laws, and yet we continue to experience an alarmingly high number of anti-Semitic acts,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “We unfortunately saw this trend continue into 2019 with the tragic shooting at the Chabad synagogue in Poway. It's clear we must remain vigilant in working to counter the threat of violent anti-Semitism and denounce it in all forms, wherever the source and regardless of the political affiliation of its proponents.”