Numbers Show Anti-Semitism Surging In New York City

February 15, 2019 - 8:26 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – With anti-Semitism surging in the city, officials are sending a strong message.

We’ve heard the anecdotal evidence – swastikas scrawled in the subways and Jewish people attacked in the streets. Now the numbers back up the horrifying stories.

Speaking at a Midwood synagogue, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the numbers are alarming.

“Through Feb. 10 of this year, 47 hate incidents in New York City compared to 27 for the same period in 2018,” he said.

Related: NYPD: NYC Saw Significant Uptick In Anti-Semitic Crimes In 2018

NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison says that’s an 81 percent increase and that 2/3 of the crimes were anti-Semitic.

The mayor says the city has a message for bigoted criminals. 

“If you do that, we will find you, we will arrest you and you will go to prison -- period,” he said.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik thinks the surge in anti-Semitism should trouble everyone.

“Hatred may start with the Jews. It doesn’t stop with the Jews,” he said.

Related: ADL: 100+ Anti-Semitic Acts In NYC Since Synagogue Shooting

Devorah Halberstam’s 16-year-old son, Ari, was killed in an anti-Semitic shooting on the Brooklyn Bridge 25 years ago. She says she’s worried again.

“I have no peace about this. I even look over my shoulder when I come home late at night,” she said.