According to NYPD data, antisemitic hate crimes in New York City more than doubled from a year ago last month.
This alarming trend occurred as prominent figures made news of anti-Semitic comments.
According to recently revealed NYPD statistics, there were 45 antisemitic incidents in the five boroughs in November as opposed to 20 in November 2021.
The 125% increase occurred in the same month that two guys were apprehended for planning to attack a city synagogue.
The musician formerly known as Kanye West has recently released a regular stream of remarks that are both antisemitic and praise Hitler online and in interviews.
Locally, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving was suspended for “behavior detrimental to the team” after sharing an anti-Semitic movie link on social media.
Former Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield described the rise in antisemitic attacks as “sad, but not surprising,” given the prominence of hate speech in public.
He told the media, “We’ve witnessed an uptick in antisemitic speech across the United States, not just online but even from local celebrities like Kyrie Irving [and] Ye.” “I believe what is happening is severe because the majority of people react in that way,”
In New York City, antisemitic hate crimes have increased throughout the year.
The month of February marked the most significant increase thus far, with 56 anti-Jewish hate crimes reported, compared to just 11 in February 2021.
Matthew Mahrer, 22, and Christopher Brown, 22, were detained in Penn Station last month after their intentions to shoot up a synagogue were found after they posted them on social media.
Mahrer and his parent’s Upper West Side apartment was where a stolen Glock 17 gun was found.
A 14-year-old boy was detained in August for using a fire extinguisher to spray the faces of two Orthodox Jewish men in two separate Williamsburg incidents.
Words and tweets both have repercussions, according to Greenfield. “If mainstream people are saying this, I guess we can, too,” they reason, giving them the guts to emerge from hiding.
The former politician, who identified as “identifiably Jewish,” has seen a change in antisemitism in popular culture.
He declared that I’ve seen and heard more comments than I ever have.
“This refers to the rise in the number of mainstream persons discussing this. Other individuals pay attention and follow suit.
The city appears to be reversing some of its crime tendencies on other fronts.
For the first time this year, serious crimes decreased by 1% in November compared to the same month last year.
Murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and auto theft are all considered significant offenses by the NYPD.
Burglaries decreased by 6%, grand thefts by 5%, and rapes by 14%. Comparing this November to the previous, the number of shootings decreased by over 33%.
The number of crimes in the transit system also reduced by almost 13%.
Despite the declines, significant crimes in the city have increased by over 27% since the beginning of the year; robberies, felony assaults, and auto thefts continued to rise in November.
The number of murders has decreased by 11% this year, while November experienced a 20% increase in killings, with 30 last month as opposed to 25 in November 2021.
Police officials celebrated a spike in gun arrests and the citywide capture of more than 6,600 weapons this year.
In a statement, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said, “The women and men of the NYPD have continued to reduce shootings, remove illegal firearms from our streets, boost arrests to provide justice for crime victims, and enhance police-community ties in every New York City area.”