In New York, the number of attacks on Jews increased by 214%
Hate crimes increased in New York in October, largely due to a surge in anti-Jewish incidents amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Fox News reported.
On Wednesday, November 8, the New York Police Department (NYPD) released monthly crime statistics for October, which showed an overall downward trend in violent crime across the city.
Despite decreases in shootings, homicides, burglaries, and major robberies, the number of bias-motivated incidents investigated by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force increased in the city’s five boroughs. Through October, police investigated 101 hate incidents, compared with 45 during the same period in 2022.
While in October 2022 the task force investigated 22 incidents against Jews, last month the number increased to 69, or 214%. In October 2022, not a single incident against Muslims was recorded, and last month, according to statistics, eight were already investigated.
However, when looking at year-on-year statistics, hate crimes were down overall, with 485 incidents being investigated by the end of October, compared to 531 during the same period last year.
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Last month, NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenney told reporters that hate crimes had increased since the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated on October 7. “Hate crimes have generally been decreasing over the year, but after the incident in Gaza they have been increasing,” he noted.
Kenney said most anti-Semitic acts involve graffiti, aggravated stalking and criminal trespass. He noted that these crimes border on freedom of speech and “have not yet taken an unexpected turn.”
Other statistics in the report include an 8.1% decrease (79 shootings in October 2023 compared to 86 in October 2022), as well as a 25.7% decrease in the number of shootings over the past year (839 in 2023). compared to 1,129 in 2022).
Between October 2022 and October 2023, crimes in the transit system increased from 211 to 223, or 5%, and in residential complexes from 470 to 521, or 10.9%.