Hate crimes against Jews have more than doubled in New York City since the start of the new year from the same period in 2016, according to a report by the city’s police department.
The department said 56 hate crimes were reported from January 1 to February 12, with 28 of the incidents targeting Jews. In the same period last year, the total number of hate crimes was 31, with 13 targeting Jews.
In December, the NYPD said it witnessed “a huge spike” in hate crimes following the election of President Donald Trump, with the majority of incidents directed at Jews.
Antisemitic incidents following the election have including acts of vandalism featuring swastikas in the New York subway and Donald Trump-related themes left in public areas as well as on the homes of Jewish individuals. Also, three separate strings of bomb threats have targeted Jewish community centres across the country.
On Wednesday, when asked by a reporter about “a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents across the United States,” Trump responded by boasting about his Electoral College win, pointing to his Jewish daughter’s family and promising that “you’re going to see a lot of love.”
Friday, February 17, 2017