Hate Crimes In NYC Targeting Jews Rise in 2017

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A recent release by the New York Police Department last week showed an increase in hate crimes across New York, particularly those targeting Jews.

There were a total of 56 hate crimes reported in 2017 compared to last year, which only had 31 incidents in the same time period. Most of the crimes were antisemitic in nature, doubling from 13 incidents in 2016 to this year’s tally of 28.

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) feels that the Trump campaign rhetoric is a large reason for this increase. He made previous statements condemning some of President Donald Trump’s campaign methods. “You can’t have a candidate for president single out groups of Americans negatively and not have ramifications for that,” stated de Blasio, blaming the Trump campaign’s often controversial statements.

It’s not surprising that hate crimes against Jewish people have spiraled. Although President Trump has condoned antisemitism, his support from Neo-Nazi groups, such as the “alt-right” has led to increased hate speech towards Jews.

Troubling data shows that 50% of all hate crimes committed in the U.S. today are antisemitic in nature. It is worrying that these attacks single out Jews. People must show awareness towards this growing phenomenon in order to rid the dangerous negativity, which has been directed towards Jews as of late.

Source: Politico, Times of Israel

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by: Ohad Barazani

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