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Anti-Semitic crimes in NYC up nearly 300% in January

NYPD: 15 hate crimes against Jewish people reported in January, reward offered in recent attack

Anti-Semitic graffiti on yeshiva school buses in Williamsburg, New York (Photo: Twitter)

Anti-Semitic crimes in New York City rose by almost 300% in January over the same period last year, NYPD hate crime statistics show.

January saw 15 reported crimes against Jewish people compared to only four reported crimes in January 2021. 

In Williamsburg, swastikas were drawn on two yeshiva school buses Friday night. In a different incident, a man rapidly approached a 24-year-old Jewish Hasidic man wearing traditional clothing from behind and punched him in the back of the head. He knocked the man’s Shtreimel (Hasidic fur hat) off his head and the victim lost his balance. Another assault against a visibly identifiable Jewish person was reported in the same area of Brooklyn. 

Police are investigating the recent attacks as hate crimes and the Anti-Defamation League is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. 

“The Jewish community is on extreme edge, and this violence has got to stop. It is becoming normalized, and we simply cannot accept that as the state of affairs," Scott Richman, ADL regional director, said in a statement. 

In December, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that more than half of the spiking hate crimes in New York City target Jewish and Asian residents. She pointed out the "mass amounts" of people who land back on the streets since bail reform was passed.

“When you have mass amounts of people put back on the streets that have traditionally been held in jail, you're seeing some of that permeate here as well. I mean, that's just a fact. It's a fact that people don't want to talk about,” she told WPIX 11. 

In 2020, there were 116 complaints involving hate-crime incidents against Jewish people, according to NYPD statistics. Of 93 people arrested for hate crimes that year, 25 were believed to have committed them against Jewish people.


Tal Heinrich is a senior correspondent for both ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS. She is currently based in New York City. Tal also provides reports and analysis for Israeli Hebrew media Channel 14 News.

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