Incident reports of anti-semitism increase in Wisconsin

Fortunately, La Crosse had not reports of antisemitism last year
V Increase In Antisemetism

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – From 2019 to 2020 there was an increase of antisemitic incidents reported in Wisconsin.

According to a report released by the Jewish Community Relations Council, there was a 36% increase in these reports over the past year.

The chair of the council noted there was an increase in overt antisemitic expression.

He also noted the increase of conspiracy theories around people of the Jewish faith as well as increased hate group rhetoric.

While incidents like these have increased throughout the state, La Crosse has historically been a supportive place for acceptance.

“We have a bible study every month with people from various churches in town. We’re talking to each other. I think hate often comes from fear, unknown. People don’t know or understand what their neighbors are or what they believe in. And I think that fear can sometimes generate some of that anger and hatred,” said

La Crosse had no reports of antisemitism last year.