California Attorney General Rob Bonta today released the 2022 Hate Crime in California Report, and highlighted information and resources to support ongoing efforts across the state to combat hate. Overall, reported hate crime events in California increased 20.2% from 1,763 in 2021 to 2,120 in 2022, while anti-Jewish bias events increased 24.3% from 152 in 2021 to 189 in 2022.

AJC Los Angeles was proud to represent the LA Jewish community at a press conference held by the California Department of Justice at the Los Angeles Central Library. AJC LA Director Rick Hirschhaut stood beside several of Los Angeles’ most prominent leaders in the Black, API, and LGBTQ+ communities to underscore the concerning rise in hate crimes against Jews and other groups in California and in Los Angeles.

In his remarks, Rick highlighted the White House’s recently released Strategy to Counter Antisemitism and emphasized the importance of connecting this national strategy to our regional work. Accurate hate crimes reporting is an essential part of fighting hate in California, and it begins with understanding how to identify the hate that drives it.

It is vital we stand together and stand against hate of any kind – thank you Attorney General Rob Bonta for your partnership and commitment to the Jewish community.

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