ADL: Orange County/Long Beach Remain Hotbed For Hate

Orange County/Long Beach bigots painted Swastikas on a liquor store, middle and elementary schools, public park buildings and even a temple--signifying an increase in anti-Semitic activity last year, according to a report issued this morning by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

Kevin O'Grady, ADL's regional director based in OC, says that there's "cause for great concern" because while anti-Semitic incidents declined nationwide, the number of documented attacks on Jews here rose 30 percent.

"It is vital that people reject these haters and the bigotry they spew in our community," O'Grady said in a prepared statement. "Gangs like Public Enemy Number One, Orange County Skins and Northwest O.C. Skins should find no support in our region."

The ADL report also included these incidents:

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--A student at Newport Beach high school was subjected to "virulent" anti-Semitic bullying;
--A South County high school athlete was taunted so much for being Jewish he quit the team;
--The director of a Long Beach temple received hate mail;
--The service manager at Orange County Country Club advised her staff not to provide decent service for a wedding because the family was Jewish;
--A client of a dating service was asked if she was Jewish when she asked for a discount.

More details from the report can be found HERE.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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