Photo: Anti-Semitic graffiti at San Diego State University in 2021
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer to denounce antisemitic rhetoric and hate crimes targeting Jewish people in San Diego County.
In 2021, the Jewish community in San Diego experienced 38 recorded incidents of antisemitism, including 14 cases of vandalism, 23 incidents of harassment, and one assault. In 2020 the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported a 6 percent increase in hate crimes from the previous year, representing the highest total in 12 years, and found that attacks against Jews or Jewish institutions made up nearly 60 percent of all religious-based hate crimes.
“Our action today reaffirms the County of San Diego’s stance that hate speech, physical violence, and antisemitic rhetoric directed at our Jewish neighbors has no place in our community,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “We are a County that acknowledges the atrocities that have affected the Jewish people, recognize there are some who target this community and this resolution was created to let everyone know we will not tolerate it in our County.”
The resolution in part, states, “...the Board of Supervisors denounces the rise in antisemitic rhetoric and hate-motivated crimes and incidents that denigrate Jewish people in the County of San Diego.” To review the entire resolution, click here.
“We must confront antisemitic rhetoric and hate whenever and wherever it arises,” said Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer. “With this vote, San Diego County embraces diversity and inclusion, combats hate, and ensures every member of our community is safe, respected, and valued.”
The resolution denouncing antisemitism follows a policy effort by Supervisor Fletcher that received support last year to build a temporary holocaust exhibit on county property, which is planned for later this year.
To read the entire policy passed by the Board of Supervisors today, click here.