DENVER – Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in Colorado, according to a newly released Anti-Defamation League audit.
“There has been a marked increase in the harassment of Jewish individuals and vandalism of Jewish institutions in the last six months, with 15 anti-Semitic already recorded in the first quarter of 2017,” reports the ADL in the latest issue of ADL Dateline.
The magazine also reports the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado more than double in 2016 from the previous year.
The ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents found 45 incidents in Colorado last year, compared to only 18 incidents in 2015.
So far this year, there have been five reported cases where swastikas have popped up in Colorado.
The latest incident Denver7 reported happened at a home in Aurora on June 2. There, a couple woke up to swastikas spray-pained on their home.
On January 3, State Rep. Jonathan Si found a Longmont park vandalized with swastikas.
Days later, people who live near Glenmere Park in Greeley were shocked to find two swastikas traced into the snow on the park’s frozen lake.
Then, on May 3, swastikas and other symbols of hate were found carved into cars near DU.
That same week, firefighters foundswastikas carved into a freshly poured concrete sidewalk in Westminster.