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Default Anti-Semitic attacks on the rise as other crime declines: NYPD

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Anti-Semitic attacks on the rise as other crime declines: NYPD
By Cedar Attanasio
November 7, 2018 | 6:31pm


Two swastikas and 'KKK' were drawn on the side of a sidewalk mailbox in front of the Post Office. David McGlynn


Anti-Semitic attacks are increasing even as other crime in New York City continues to drop, police said Wednesday.

Reports of anti-Semitic incidents increased 22 percent this year, with 159 cases reported through Nov. 4 compared to 130 over the same period in 2017, according to the latest CrimeStat numbers.

“The increased reports of swastikas absolutely concern us. And none of it will ever be tolerated in New York City,” NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.

The data release follows the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that left 11 people dead last week, — and a series of assaults and vandalism in the Big Apple that police believe targeted Jewish residents.

Over the weekend, a group of teens threw a pipe through a synagogue window and tore off a Hassidic boy’s traditional hat in a 45-minute string of incidents that police are investigating as hate crimes.

The week before that, multiple reports of swastika graffiti sent shudders across the Jewish community.

Reports of hate crimes targeting African Americans also increased, from 30 last year before Nov. 4 to 37 this year in the same period. Attacks on whites went up from 8 last year to 15.

Police said they’re closer to finding a suspect who wrote the words “kill n—–s” with a marker on the wall of the African Burial Ground National Historic Monument last week.

“We have a timeline. We have extremely grainy video… hopefully soon we will have something to elicit tips,” said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

Hate crimes targeting Muslims, meanwhile, has dropped by half, from 32 reported last year to just 16 this year.

Most other crimes continue to drop.

“We remain on pace for a new record low this year of fewer than 96,000 index crimes,” said Crime Control Strategies Chief Lori Pollock, adding that the overall crimes index is down 1.4 percent this year.

Burglaries and robberies are the lowest they’ve been in the CrimeStat era, Pollock said. Felony assault was lowest it’s been since 2012 and auto theft is down 17 percent from last year.

Officials held the crime statistics briefing on the 3rd floor the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan, in part to commemorate the 80th anniversary of of Kristallnacht, the 1938 massacre of German Jews.
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