Anti-Semitic incidents have doubled so far this year in Colorado, according to an audit from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Through the end of September, ADL counted 46 incidents, including harassment, threats, vandalism and assault. One of the victims was Temple Beit Torah, a Springs synagogue, which was tagged with a swastika and other graffiti in August.
"The sharp increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado is alarming, especially since this is the second year in a row that the number of incidents has doubled," ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott L. Levin said in a statement. "... We know that the Jewish community is not alone in experiencing a significant increase in hate incidents and hate crimes. Refugees, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, Latinos and African Americans are also experiencing increased incidents of hate."
The release from ADL notes that there were just under 1,300 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide in this time frame, including a distinct increase after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.