Most hate crimes reported in New York City are anti-Jewish, police say
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Most hate crimes reported in New York City are anti-Jewish, police say

ADL calls figures for 2018 and first part of 2019 released Thursday ‘deeply disturbing’

Illustrative: Swastikas found drawn on an elementary school playground in Queens, New York, February 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)
Illustrative: Swastikas found drawn on an elementary school playground in Queens, New York, February 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)

More than half of all hate crimes in New York City reported in 2018 and so far in 2019 targeted Jews, authorities said Thursday.

According to New York Police Department figures released Thursday, of the 145 hate crimes reported in January through April 2019, 82 incidents – nearly 57 percent – were anti-Jewish.

In 2018, there were 353 total hate crime complaints, up from 325 in 2017, and the NYPD made 149 arrests. Of these hate crimes, 186 – or nearly 53% – had anti-Jewish bias, up from 151 in 2017.

The NYPD tally is of reported complaints and arrests, not convictions.

Three precincts with large Hasidic populations, all in Brooklyn, reported the most anti-Jewish hate crimes in 2018. The 71st Precinct, which encompasses part of Crown Heights, reported nine anti-Jewish hate crimes, the most of any precinct. Precincts including Williamsburg and Borough Park each had seven.

Orthodox Jewish men walk past a ‘Crown Heights Shmira Patrol’ security vehicles in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights on February 27, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Sixty-nine – or 37 percent – of 2018’s anti-Jewish hate crime reports resulted in an arrest. Forty of the alleged perpetrators were white, 25 were black, two were Hispanic and two were Asian.

“The data released by NYPD today is deeply disturbing and should serve as an important reminder to all of us that we must continue to be vigilant in the face of hate,” said Evan Bernstein, the New York-New Jersey regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

“On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, it remains imperative that New Yorkers continue to stand up to condemn these hateful and anti-Semitic acts. No one should ever have to live in fear that they will be attacked, harassed or targeted because of their faith. New York is no place for hate.”

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