The latest report by the New York Police Department has shown an alarming 400% increase in antisemitic crimes across New York, in the month of February alone.
According to the stats, there were 56 hate crimes against Jews in February 2022, compared with 11 in February 2021. Many of these incidents targeted Orthodox people dressed in distinctive clothing, like the Jewish man who was punched in Bed-Stuy on Feb. 7 while walking on Shabbat.
Among the crimes were also instances of swastikas drawn on a yeshiva school bus in Brooklyn and a dentist’s office in Queens. In Manhattan, expletives about Jews were spray-painted on the dining shed of an Israeli restaurant, while in the Bronx, Frank Abrokwa, 37, was accused of spitting on a Jewish man’s face, calling him an “f—ing Jew” and threatening to kill him.
Brooklyn City Council member Lincoln Restler said that the increase in antisemitic attacks “breaks my heart and it must be stopped.” He added, “We are developing an action plan with community leaders to address this spike in hate crimes and build bridges across our communities to deepen cross-cultural understanding and respect.”