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NYPD Reports Spike in Antisemitic Crimes, Reversing Previous Trend

Antisemitic crimes in New York City spiked in March, reversing a month-by-month decline in the number of anti-Jewish incidents recorded by the NYPD, American-based Jewish media reported on Thursday, April 4.

There were 43 antisemitic incidents in the five boroughs reported to police last month, more than double the 17 reported in February, according to the report.

Anti-Jewish crimes in New York City spiked after Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, with 69 incidents in October and 62 in November. However, the rate declined after that, with 31 incidents in both December and January and 17 last month. March’s tally was the highest so far this year.

Recent incidents of antisemitism in New York City included two attacks on a kosher restaurant within four days. In December, a man was indicted on multiple hate crimes in connection with allegedly punching an Israeli tourist in Times Square after making antisemitic remarks including, “Hamas should kill more of you."

In addition, anti-Israel protesters have caused chaos in and around the city, including an incident when protesters caused delays at JFK Airport as they blocked the Belt Parkway, a major thoroughfare used by vehicles to travel to the airport. (INN / VFI News)

“Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.” - Psalm 35:19