Funerals for those killed during the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue
in Pittsburg were held yesterday. Eleven people were killed, and several others were injured during Saturday morning service when a gunman opened fire on congregants. In 2017, the Anti-Defamation Leagues recorded a 57 percent increase year-over-year in anti-Semitic hate crimes. Jews are the largest target of religiously motivated hate crimes
in the United States.
Hate crimes in the United States
are on the rise generally. The Southern Poverty Law Center
has uncovered 953 registered hate groups across the United States. The states with the most hate groups include California with 75 groups, Florida with 66, and Texas with 66 registered hate groups.