Jewish Organizations See Increase In Ethnic Intimidation Incidents – 90.5 WESA

In the months following the election of President Donald Trump, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented more than 1,000 incidents of harassment and intimidation across the country. Of the cases, more than 140 targeted Jewish people.

In Pittsburgh, anti-Semitic crime can be difficult to track because the criminal code doesn’t require specificity. But executive director of the city’s Commission on Human Rights Carlos Torres said police told him incidents targeting Jewish people were the most common.

“According to the data from the police, people of the Jewish faith have been the ones that have received the most ethnic intimidation incidents, followed by anti-Muslim threats,” Torres said.

Joshua Sayles, director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said he’s noticed an uptick in aggression toward Jews in the region.

“Typically I have one, maybe…

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