Hate has no home here: All New York leaders must speak out clearly against a rash of anti-Semitic hate
Added 05-21-19 04:25:02am EST - “One of the oldest forms of group hate is surging in this great city, a shameful reality that demands condemnation from leaders of all backgrounds.” - Nydailynews.com
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One of the oldest forms of group hate is surging in this great city, a shameful reality that demands condemnation from leaders of all backgrounds.
In 2019 to date, anti-Semitic crimes have shot up 106% compared to the same period last year, from 50 then to 103 now, according to the NYPD. That’s disturbingly consistent with a doubling of anti-Semitic acts nationwide from 2017 to 2018, per the Anti-Defamation League.
Statistics, not anecdotes, make trends. But in this case, numbers and stories — and jarring videos — all point in the same direction.
Earlier this month in Williamsburg four young men came upon a man in traditional Jewish attire, punched him in the face and calling him a “f--king Jew." Days later in the same neighborhood, a young man snuck up on a Jewish man and punched him in the head; a 16-year-old boy has since arrested for the attack.
Over the weekend, people in a car — reportedly one with TLC license plates — shouted insults at a 13- and 15-year-old boy walking through Borough Park. They reportedly said “Do you know Hitler? We love Hitler!" and “Allah Akbar.”
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