April 1, 2020

Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Increased by 24% in NYC

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: NYPD patrols stand guard at Times Square on January 3, 2020 in New York City. The NYPD will take actions to protect the city and residents against any possible retaliation after the deadly US airstrike in Iraq, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference on Friday. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released new data on Jan. 2 stating there was a 24% increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City from 2018 to 2019.

Spectrum News reports that there were 185 anti-Semitic hate crimes reported to the NYPD from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in 2018; there were 229 anti-Semitic hate crimes reported to the NYPD over the same timeframe in 2019.

Hate crimes overall increased 354 in 2018 to 423 in 2019, an increase of 19%, per Spectrum News.

The report comes after a stabbing at a Chabad rabbi’s home on Dec. 28, wounding five people. One of the victims, 72-year-old Josef Neumann, may not regain consciousness.

There have been at least 13 reported anti-Semitic incidents in New York City since Dec. 23, including one in which a woman is suspected of assaulting a 22-year-old Jewish man on Jan. 1 in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.

Myriad Jewish groups, including Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey and American Jewish Committee of New York, are co-sponsoring a “No Hate, No Fear” solidarity march against anti-Semitism in Brooklyn on Jan. 5.

“The fact that we are witnessing almost daily anti-Semitic incidents in our region shows that we are facing a crisis that can only be addressed through solidarity across our communities,” ADL New York/New Jersey Regional Director Evan Bernstein said in a statement. “This is why we are calling on all New Yorkers to join us on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Foley Square for a ‘No Hate. No Fear.’ Solidarity March.”