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The Japanese American National Museum Condemns Record Level of Antisemitic Incidents in 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) condemns the rise in antisemitic incidents throughout the US. According to an annual audit by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), antisemitic incidents rose by 36% in 2022. The ADL noted that there was a total of 3,697 reported incidents, with 518 cases in California. California is among the top five states with the most cases in the nation. The ADL also noted that the increase in antisemitism could in part be due to public officials and social media influencers normalizing inflammatory rhetoric.

“When we normalize hate speech, we fail to uphold the tenets of democracy and dismiss the lessons found in Japanese American history. We must not remain silent in the face of scapegoating and hate. We must call out antisemitism as it happens each and every time,” said Ann Burroughs, President and CEO of JANM.