Crime & Justice

Calif. had most anti-Semitic incidents in '09

The Anti-Defamation League says its annual survey shows California had the country's highest number of anti-Semitic assaults, harassment and vandalism incidents last year.

The ADL said Tuesday it identified 275 events in the nation's most populous state in 2009, up 22 percent from the year before. The incidents included a Jewish student in Buena Park getting beaten up after confronting a classmate drawing swastikas.

Across the country, the ADL identified a total of 1,211 incidents, including the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the arrests of four men accused of placing what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues.

The nationwide number was down slightly from 2008, but the ADL says this was due to tightened reporting.

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