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2009 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents RULE Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Posted: July 27, 2010

The Numbers State-By-State
Anti-Semitic Assaults
Anti-Semitic Harassment
Anti-Semitic Vandalism
Online Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism at Anti-Israel Rallies
Westboro Baptist Church

The ADL Audit recorded 422 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism in 2009.  Incidents are individually evaluated by ADL and are categorized as anti-Semitic based on the presence of anti-Semitic symbols or language; the identity of the perpetrator(s), if known; and the target of the vandalism and its proximity to Jewish homes, communities, institutions and houses of worship.

These are some examples of major instances of vandalism in 2009:

  • January 1, 2009: Knoxville, Tennessee -- Vandals threw rocks at two synagogues, breaking several stained-glass windows.
  • January 24, 2009: Delray Beach, Florida -- A mezuzah was torn off the doorpost on a home several times over course of three months.
  • February 15, 2009: San Francisco, California
    -- "F--- the Jews and "F--- Anne Frank" was drawn on benches at middle school.
  • April 6, 2009: Gainesville, Florida -- A large swastika was painted on house belonging to Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity at the University of Florida.
  • April 8, 2009: Cape Coral, Florida -- "Hitler was here," "White Power" and several swastikas were drawn on approximately a dozen homes and a police cruiser.
  • April 10, 2009: Damascus, Maryland -- Thirteen swastikas and KKK graffiti were found in synagogue parking lot on the second day of Passover.
  • April 15, 2009: West New York, New Jersey -- Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on several floors in apartment building.  Messages included "Kill all Jews and Mexicans."
  • April 22, 2009: Union City, New Jersey -- Vandals broke into a Jewish education center, laid two pieces of wood on a desk in the shape of a cross, and set it on fire.
  • May 12, 2009: Chandler, Arizona -- A sign announcing the construction of a Jewish religious institution was defaced with a large swastika and white supremacist graffiti.
  • July 17, 2009: Queens, New York -- Several mausoleums were damaged and approximately 55 headstones overturned in a Jewish cemetery.
  • September 9, 2009: Newport, Virginia -- Swastikas and other anti-Semitic emblems were drawn on Jewish community center.
  • October 18, 2009: Palo Alto, California -- Two swastikas were carved into a wall of a new Jewish community center building.
  • December 7, 2009: Brooklyn, New York -- "F--- Jews" was found on the wall of a local business.

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ADL Audit: 1,211 Anti-Semitic Incidents Across the Country in 2009

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