During the Chanukah holiday, 6 incidents of "hate attacks" were reported against Jews in the city. • Police will launch increased patrols in Williamsburg, Borough Park and Crown Heights.
In light of recent anti-Semitic incidents, New York City will increase police presence in several Brooklyn neighborhoods where Jewish populations, including Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg, live. "Anyone who terrorizes our Jewish community will face justice," tweeted Mayor Bill de Bellagio.
At least 6 incidents of "hate attacks" have been reported over the past week, in light of the Chanukah holiday, and New York police have decided not to take a risk. Among other things, forces will be reinforced in synagogues and other sensitive areas where a high proportion of Jews live. "Anti-Semitism is an attack on our city's values," De Bellagio wrote, "We will deal with you directly."
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Police car in Brooklyn, New York // Photo: Itzik Roitman
In early October, it was reported that the number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City had risen substantially in the first nine months of this year. New York Police (NYPD) reported 311 "total hate crimes" by September, compared to 250 reported during the same period in 2018. According to Deputy Superintendent Mark Molinari, who heads the hate crime task force, 52 percent of hate crimes reported (163) were committed Against Jews. In the same period last year, the NYPD reported 108 anti-Semitic hate crimes.
Molinari met with senior officials in the Jewish community and discussed with them the stern data and ongoing efforts of the New York Police to prevent their recurrence.