There have been more than twice as many hates crimes against those of Jewish descent thus far in 2017 in New York City compared to the same time frame last year, according to Politico.
Citing figures from the New York Police Department, Politico reports that 28 of the 56 hate crimes that occurred in New York City between January 1 and February 12 were anti-Semitic in nature.
This was the only category that rose by more than ten crimes compared to the same period of 2016, during which there were 13 anti-Semitic hate crimes.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks that the increase has something to do with President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, according to Politico. “You can’t have a candidate for president single out groups of Americans, negatively, and not have some ramifications for that,” de Blasio told reporters in December. “It’s obviously connected to the election.”
Politico also spoke to NYPD officials who, while declining to tie the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes to any prominent national leaders, said that hate crimes “ebb and flow in relation to high-profile, national and international events.”
However, while the increase in New York City’s hate crimes reflects the national trend, there are hopes that the city will be able to buck the trend. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the increase “has now leveled off” at a recent press conference discussing how overall crime in New York City declined this January.
When a reporter of Jewish descent asked Trump about the national uptick in hate crimes during a press conference (above), Trump was unable to give a clear answer after not letting the reporter finish asking the question.
“I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people [referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel] that know me … [The reporter should have relied on Netanyahu’s endorsement] instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that,” Trump said, misunderstanding the reporter’s intent by thinking that he was accusing him of being an anti-Semite. “Just shows you about the press, but that’s the way the press is.”
In reality, the reporter began his question by saying, “Despite what some of my colleagues may have been reporting, I haven’t seen anybody in my community accuse either yourself or anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic.” He then followed up with a question about what the administration planned to do about the “48 bomb threats [that] have been made against Jewish centers all across the country in the last couple of weeks.”
The reporter was referring to what The New York Times is calling a “coordinated wave of telephone bomb threats that led to evacuations and F.B.I. investigations” at “Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools across the country” on “three separate days in January.”
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