Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Summit in NYC addresses issue of hate crimes after rise in anti-Semitic cases

what to know

  • As anti-Semitic crimes are on the rise in New York City and across the country, officials are discussing how to address and prevent these crimes through the Manhattan Summit on the Issue.
  • Monday’s meeting took place at the Lincoln Square Synagogue along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. The program was organized by the Orthodox Union.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer of New York spoke at the event, as well as Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Cathy Hochul.

NEW YORK – As anti-Semitic crimes are on the rise in New York City and across the country, officials are holding a summit on the topic in Manhattan to discuss how to address and prevent these crimes.

The message at Monday’s summit was simple: Turn words into reality as top community leaders vowed to improve security in Jewish communities.

Monday’s meeting took place at the Lincoln Square Synagogue along Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. The program was organized by the Orthodox Union.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York spoke at the event, as well as Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Cathy Hochul.

The meeting is taking place at a time when hate crimes across the country, including in New York, as well as hate speech, especially online, are increasing at an alarming rate. Because of this, the summit is emphasizing tolerance, but also a clear message that law enforcement will step in and those who violate it will be severely punished.

“This is our family. That’s who we are as New Yorkers: We accept everyone and when you attack any one of us, you attack 20 million other New Yorkers, starting with your governor.” Hochul said.

Meanwhile, Adams said his administration would not bow to hate.

“I did not spend 22 years of my life as a member of the New York City Police Department protecting the people of this city who believe that hate is going to take a foothold in the city. This will not happen”, said the mayor.

Recent figures show a worrying trend as anti-Semitic hate crimes almost doubled from 20 incidents in November 2021 to 45 incidents in November this year compared to the same period last year. In total, there were 182 anti-Semitic incidents last year, while 278 have been recorded so far this year. Unfortunately, this is part of a national trend.

Just a few weeks ago, two men in Penn Station were arrested for making online threats to attack a local synagogue. Lawmakers pledged additional resources to protect the Jewish community in the future, and Hochul announced the creation of a new Hate and Bias Prevention Unit to address the increase in hate crimes in the state, which would increase public education, It will provide early warning, and mobilize resources in places where incidents of prejudice have occurred.

In addition, even though Hanukkah begins on Sunday night, New Yorkers can expect to see additional security as is traditional for the holiday. However, there is no particular danger in the city.

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