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NYC Antisemitic Crimes Up Nearly 300% in January, Latest Involves Jewish Man Ambushed from Behind

15 hate crimes against Jewish people reported in January, NYPD says
A Jewish man dressed in Hasidic attire was ambushed from behind on Friday in Brooklyn, authorities said. (NYPD)
A Jewish man dressed in Hasidic attire was ambushed from behind on Friday in Brooklyn, authorities said. (NYPD)

Antisemitic crimes in New York City have spiked nearly 300% in January year over year as the NYPD investigates at least two more alleged hate crimes that targeted Jewish people over the weekend. 

There were 15 hate crimes committed against Jewish people in January – a 275% increase compared to the four hate crimes recorded in January 2021, according to NYPD statistics.

And just four days into February, the number of antisemitic crimes continued to rise after reports that yeshiva school buses were tagged with Swastika graffiti and a Jewish man dressed in Hasidic attire was ambushed from behind. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force said it is investigating both incidents.

“The Jewish community is on extreme edge and this violence has got to stop,” Scott Richman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New York and New Jersey, said Sunday in a written statement after the assault. “It is becoming normalized, and we simply cannot accept that as the state of affairs.”

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