Anti-Jewish incidents have quadrupled since 2015 in Colorado, ADL reports

Twice as many anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Colorado in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period of 2016.

Inside a synagogue in Lakewood that was once used by the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society. It was re-constructed in 1925 and now sits on the campus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Sept. 18, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Twice as many anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Colorado in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period of 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In all, 46 incidents were reported, including 24 cases of harassment and threats, 21 cases of vandalism and one physical assault on a Jewish person.

Last year, the total number of incidents was 23 for the same time period. In 2015, the number was about half that.

This year’s incidents in Colorado included swastika graffiti on a home in Aurora in June and at a temple in Colorado Springs in August.

Nationwide, the number of anti-Semitic incidents was up 67 percent, per ADL. The national trend was strongest in the first quarter of the year, but hateful events spiked again around the time of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“Anti-Semitism is often a bellwether for hate in a community. 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,” regional ADL director Scott Levin said in a news release.

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