New York City has seen a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes this past year, and it appears that detestable trend has come to a contemptible year-end culmination this week with a rash of attacks on members of the city’s Jewish population during the annual celebration of Hanukkah.
Police in New York City are investigating a recent string of at least five anti-Semitic attacks in the city over the last few days, according to multiple reports.
The New York Post reports that the most recent incident occurred in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon. A 34-year-old woman was walking down the street with her three-year-old son when 42-year-old Ayana Logan allegedly walked up to them and yelled, “You f–king Jew, your end is coming!” before striking the unnamed adult victim. Logan was subsequently charged with assault, a hate crime, harassment, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and a weapons charge, police said.
The week’s spate of attacks against the city’s Jewish residents started Monday morning, WNBC-TV reports, when a 65-year-old man in Manhattan was allegedly beaten by a 28-year-old who said “F*** you Jew bastard.” That same day, police say they got a report from a 67-year-old man that a group of teenagers had walked up behind his six-year-old son and another child from behind and hit them in the lobby of a residential building; the victims were treated for injuries on the scene.
On Tuesday, a 25-year-old Jewish man was walking down a sidewalk in Crown Heights when someone in a group of people yelled a similar expletive before throwing a frozen beverage at him, according to police.
Thursday night, NYPD’s hate crimes division posted a picture of a suspect wanted in connection with the assault.
WANTED!! The perpetrator in these pictures is wanted for an ANTI-SEMITIC incident in @NYPD71Pct. 12/24/19 at 1:40 a.m. on the corner of Kingston Ave and President St. Call @NYPDTips 800-577-8477 pic.twitter.com/G3bQW2g6l3
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) December 27, 2019
Also on Tuesday, Yeshiva World News reports, a Jewish man was walking down the street in the same neighborhood when was punched in the back of the head by one suspect while another filmed the attack. The Anti-Defamation League announced Wednesday that it is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the perpetrators of the attack.
“It seems like it’s open season on Jews in New York City,” city councilman Chaim Deutsch remarked to WNBC.
Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that, in response to the increase of violent incidents, the city would beef up NYPD’s presence in the neighborhoods of Boro Park, Crown Heights, and Williamsburg. “Anyone who terrorizes our Jewish community WILL face justice,” de Blasio said.
Hate doesn’t have a home in our city.
In light of recent anti-Semitic attacks, the NYPD will increase their presence in Boro Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg.
Anyone who terrorizes our Jewish community WILL face justice.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 27, 2019
On Wednesday, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the situation with a statement: “We have absolutely zero tolerance for bigotry and hate, and we will continue to call it out whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.”
This all comes at the end of a year when anti-Semitic attacks have unfortunately become a more prominent reality for Jewish residents of the area. NYPD data from earlier this year showed that reports of anti-Semitic incidents rose 50 percent overall since the same period last year. Furthermore, the same data showed that anti-Semitic incidents are a majority of the city’s reported hate crimes. Police statistics also show a sharp increase in anti-Semitic reports on the city’s subway system. Earlier this month in neighboring Jersey City, New Jersey, two assailants affiliated with an anti-Semitic cult walked into a Jewish food store and killed three people in a horrific hostage/shootout situation.
But this problem isn’t merely a local one, either. FBI statistics released earlier this year showed that more than half of religiously motivated offenses nationwide were driven by anti-Semitism.