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Local Jewish group raises concerns about recent anti-Semitic acts in Wisconsin

 The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued a statement about recent anti-Semitic attacks in Wisconsin and drew a connection with other violent crimes across the globe.

The JCRC said there's been a surge in 2014 that has been witnessed in Wisconsin.

\"We have seen a terrifying increase in attacks on Jews, synagogues, cemeteries and schools,\" said the joint statement from the JCRC President Ellis Bromberg and JCRC Director Elana Kahn-Oren. \"Our Wisconsin experience mirrors the precipitous rise in anti-Semitic activity in Europe and elsewhere, including the recent horrific incidents in Copenhagen and Paris.\"

 The JCRC is currently working with local law enforcement. Most notably on a case from the last Sabbath on Saturday where more than 30 garage doors, driveways and vehicles were vandalized in Madison, some with explicitly anti-Semitic language and symbols.

The statement warns that hate speech is often a precursor to criminal and violent activity and asked all members of the community to be on the look out and report when possible.  

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