NYPD Investigating Spate of Antisemitic Hate Crimes, as Stats Show Targeting of New York City Jews on Rise

A spray-painted swastika is seen on a yeshiva bus in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood.

February 9, 2022

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is investigating three incidents in Brooklyn last weekend as potential antisemitic hate crimes, while new statistics show a sharp rise in the targeting of Jews in the city.

On Friday night, two Jewish men were assaulted in separate street ambushes by unidentified perpetrators just minutes apart in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, with neither suffering serious injuries.

Footage of the second incident can be viewed here:

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force later published an image of a possible suspect.

On Sunday morning, swastika graffiti was discovered on buses belonging to yeshivas in Williamsburg.

It has yet to be determined if the incidents were connected.

Later on Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams tweeted, “Hatred won’t be tolerated in our city. Anti-Semitic acts of violence are an attack on every New Yorker and they will be met with the force of the entire city.”

Meanwhile, fresh NYPD data showed antisemitic hate crimes in New York City nearly quadrupled in January compared to the same month last year — jumping from four to 15.

In recent years, Jews have been the most-targeted group for hate crimes in New York, according to the NYPD, including a nearly 50% increase in 2021 from 2020.

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