The New York City Police Department announced on Monday that it will be increasing patrols in Jewish neighborhoods amid a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes.
According to a report from Axios, the NYPD say there have been a jump in anti-Semitic hate crimes of about 71% from the same time period last year.
In a statement regarding one recent incident, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio tweeted out, “The attacks we saw in Brooklyn last night were unconscionable. They were pure, unbridled anti-Semitism. And we do not need to look too far back in history to know what happens if we let that hatred go unchecked.”
On Sunday, DeBlasio met with the City’s Jewish leaders in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.
In addition to stepping up patrols, the NYPD will deploy “critical response command officers.” Stepped up patrolling of Jewish neighborhoods will also include officers driving with lights on to discourage any possible attacks.
The attacks we saw in Brooklyn last night were unconscionable. They were pure, unbridled anti-Semitism. And we do not need to look too far back in history to know what happens if we let that hatred go unchecked.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 23, 2021
Here Are Some Of The Latest Incidents
Two of the latest incidents of anti-semitic hate crimes are the most egregious.
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Saturday evening, two Jewish teens were approached by two men who attempted to make the teens repeat anti-Jewish comments. When the teens refused, the men began punching the teens in the head, and one of the men got one of the teens in a chokehold. In a statement to police, the teens said at one point, the men chased them armed with a baseball bat.
Within an hour of the first attack, four Jewish men standing in front of a Synagogue when men riding in a car that fit the description of the same vehicle involved in the first crime, began yelling anti-Jewish statements.
According to Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein the men in the car yelled, “Free Palestine – kill all the Jews!”
When the Jewish men ran into the synagogue and locked the door, two of the three men in the car got out and began pounding on the door of the synagogue.
⚠️Thursday May 20th, approx. 6:44 PM, at 1604 Broadway, a male, 29, wearing a yarmulke, was assaulted by a group of males who, knocked him down, punched, kicked and pepper sprayed him and hit him with crutches, while making anti-Semitic statements. Know them? ☎️1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/NDgmJ79MHt
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) May 22, 2021
Israeli-Hamas Conflict Has Sparked More Hate Crimes
The fighting between Israel and Hamas has increased in recent weeks. Hamas began firing rockets at Israel earlier this month after they claim that Israel did not remove law enforcement from the Al-Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem.
A cease-fire began last Thursday. On Friday, the leaders of five Jewish groups sent a letter to Biden voicing their concern about the uptick in violence against Jews in the United States.
The American Jewish Community, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America all signed on to the letter.
The letter read in part,
“We are grateful for the current ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, but we fear that the way the conflict has been used to amplify antisemitic rhetoric, embolden dangerous actors and attack Jews and Jewish communities will have ramifications far beyond these past two weeks.”
Dear mainstream media,
These are not “clashes” between Palestinians and Israelis on the streets of New York.
These are targeted antisemitic hate crimes against Jewish people walking down streets and eating in restaurants.
Hope that helps.
— Eve Barlow (@Eve_Barlow) May 21, 2021
Attacks Are Happening All Over The Country
These attacks are not just taking place in New York City, they are happening all over the country. According to a USA Today report, a family in Bal Harbour, Florida said that four men shouted anti-Semitic slurs at them.
In Skokie, Illinois, a window at a synagogue was broken. Beneath the broken window was a broken stick and a sign that read, “Freedom for Palestine.”
In Tucson, Arizona, the front door of a synagogue had been smashed, and in Los Angeles, two separate incidents took place in Fairfax, considered to be the heart of the Jewish community in LA.
In one, a caravan of vehicles waving Palestinian flags attempted to chase a Jewish man.
Watch video of the incident:
LOS ANGELES: Video shows Jewish man on foot being chased by cars with Palestinian flags on La Brea. Comes amid another incident of Palestinian men beating Israelis nearby. pic.twitter.com/6LNrfYXvmz
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) May 19, 2021
The next day, another set of vehicles waving Palestinian flags stopped in front of a restaurant and began to harass customers. Several people in black face coverings got out of the vehicles and a fight broke out in front of the restaurant.
Part of that incident was also caught on video:
We should all come together in condemning the horrendous attacks by pro Palestinian demonstrators against Jews in #LosAngeles! The indiscriminate attacks against Jews in #Israel is now continuing in LA. @jfederations @AJCGlobal @jfna @IsraelMFA pic.twitter.com/svJCKsSdRH
— Consul General of Israel in LA – Hillel Newman (@Hillel_Newman) May 19, 2021
Back in New York, after meeting with Jewish leaders, DeBlasio reiterated in another tweet, “The anti-Semitism we’re seeing across our country isn’t in isolation and isn’t just a few incidents. It’s part of a horrible and consistent pattern. History teaches us we ignore that pattern at our own peril.”
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