New York’s New anti-Semitism Czar Warns: No Short Fix for the Longest Hatred

Deborah Lauter tells Haaretz about the challenges facing her as the city's Jewish community experiences a wave of hate crimes

Danielle Ziri
Danielle Ziri
New York
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Danielle Ziri
Danielle Ziri
New York

NEW YORK — It has only been a few weeks since Deborah Lauter was announced as executive director of the new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crime, a unit so new that it still doesn’t have its own space or staff.

“I’m excited,” the 62-year-old tells Haaretz as she sits in the conference room of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (which her new bureau is part of). “Everyone wants this to be cured tomorrow, but there are systems. It takes a little bit of time.”

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