ADL Disturbed by Recent Islamophobic Incidents


Contact: Seth Brysk 415-981-3500

ADL Disturbed by Recent Islamophobic Incidents

San Francisco, CA, January 14, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed growing concern about a recent spate of anti-Muslim incidents in Northern California — including harassment in Castro Valley, arson in Tracy, and threats of violence in Richmond — part of a larger trend documented across the country in recent weeks.

Seth Brysk, ADL’s Central Pacific Regional Director, issued the following statement:

We have witnessed a disturbing trend of attacks against Muslims in the weeks following the terrorist assaults in Paris and San Bernardino. When a religious institution or individuals of a particular faith are targeted, the effects reverberate and can create fear across an entire community. ADL condemns these fundamentally un-American acts of hatred and the scapegoating of members of our Northern California community. These alleged hate crimes are an affront to all people of goodwill, not only the intended targets.  We commend the swift action of first responders in each of these recent incidents of bigotry.

As a leader in combating hate by providing security resources to religious institutions, ADL offers trainings and materials to help synagogues, mosques, and churches maintain a safe and welcoming communal space.

Nationally, ADL is working with more than three dozen national partners to implement the #50StatesAgainstHate campaign to strengthen hate crime laws, improve preparation and respond to potential hate crimes.

If you would like to host an ADL security workshop at your house of worship or for your religious institution, please contact ADL at 415-981-3500 or email

The ADL Central Pacific Region, based in San Francisco, serves Northern California, Utah, and Hawai’i.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.  Follow us on Twitter @ADL_SF.