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Police Officials Reveal Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Are On The Rise In NYC

October 31, 2018 - 3:25 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- NYPD officials believe anti-Semitic hate crimes have been on the rise in New York City with a majority of incidents occurring just over the last month.

“What we’ve seen in the last month is an increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, particularly swastikas on buildings in parts of the city,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.

Anti-Semitic incidents have made up half of all hate crimes in New York this year, according to the Police Department.

“It usually makes up the largest portion, but in the last 28 days particularly it’s been a little troublesome, we have seen an uptick in that category,” Shea explained.

There have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have been against blacks in 2018.

On Wednesday morning, chalk-written messages of hate were discovered on a street in Brooklyn Heights. The NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit responded to investigate the graffiti, which is only the latest incident in a recent string of attacks against Brooklyn’s Jewish community.

“There is no tolerance for hate crimes in New York City,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “We have the best hate crime unit in the nation, quite frankly, and each and every crime that gets reported to them is fully investigated.”

Police are encouraging homeowners in the area to submit any footage they may have on security surveillance systems in order to help the investigation.

Earlier this month, two Jewish men were attacked by livery cab drivers in two separate incidents. A temporary structure in a Manhattan park, meant to be a place of worship, was also defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

In light of the deadly attack in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday, Jewish community leaders are warning residents to be on high-alert and have suggested increasing security measures at synagogues and Jewish schools.  

Last year, the American-Defamation League reported that nine of the 12 assaults on Jews in New York happened in Brooklyn and involved victims who were easily identified as members of Orthodox communities.