The rate of anti-Semitic incidents in New York has risen by 82 percent since 2018, CBS New York reported on Thursday.
A report by the New York Police Deparment showed a 67 percent increase in general hate crimes, and especially crimes based on sexual orientation. The report examined figures from the first quarter of 2019, January through April.
The Anti-Defamation League wrote in a statement: "On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it remains imperative that New Yorkers continue to stand up to condemn these hateful and anti-Semitic acts. No one should ever have to live in fear that they will be attacked, harassed or targeted because of their faith. New York is no place for hate.”
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On Tuesday, the ADL released its annual census of anti-Semitic incidents, finding that attacks against the Jewish community in the United States have doubled in the last year, while overall attacks, including vandalism and harassment are near record-high levels.
The ADL’s New York and New Jersey regional director, Evan Bernstein, described the increase in assaults as “staggering.”
In addition, all reported New York state assaults took place within the five boroughs of New York City, with the vast majority — 13 out of 17 — occurring in Brooklyn. The ADL called the borough a “hot spot for anti-Semitic activity.”
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According to the ADL report, some of the recorded occurrences can be attributed to an active presence of white supremacist groups in New York State.
On Saturday, a gunman killed one woman and injured three in a shooting attack in a synagogue in Southern California. The online manifesto written by the suspected shooter, John Earnest, reiterated a conspiracy theory popular in right-wing circles in the United States about a Jewish-led attempt to “replace” white Americans with immigrants from other countries.