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A new report titled “Hate in the Empire State: Extremism & Antisemitism in New York,” issued jointly by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism and the Community Security Initiative, a project of the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council-NY- has marked a whopping 196% increase in hate crimes from 2020 to 2021, with Jews being the target of 40% of all hate-crime incidents.

Among the other findings, New York ranked seventh in the country for white-supremacist propaganda efforts, and the ongoing threat of extremist activity in New York State also includes a threat of violent extremism from foreign terrorist organizations, Islamist extremists, and racially motivated violent extremists, all of whom promote anti-Semitic worldviews and regularly incite violence, targeting Jewish synagogues and community buildings.

Source: Times of Israel (Nati Shohat/Flash 90)

Another finding concluded that Black Nationalist Extremism, as highlighted by the Black Hebrew Israelites and Nation of Islam, are both active in New York state and consider Jews to be “fake Jews.”

Scott Richman, ADL New York/New Jersey regional director said, “Our report, which was in the works well before the attack in Buffalo, sheds light on myriad factors that have led to a serious and disturbing increase in hate in the Empire State. “As someone who was on the ground in Buffalo in the days since the attack, it pains me deeply to see how our black neighbors have suffered from this extremism. Now we have an opportunity to urge our lawmakers and community leaders to take action to stop hateful, violent acts from reoccurring in our state.”

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