The police in New York Metropolis are looking for vandals who scrawled “Hamas” and antisemitic graffiti on a number of Higher East Facet condo buildings final month amid a pointy improve in hate crimes directed on the Jewish group.
The neighborhood features a substantial Jewish inhabitants. The vandalism, which the police are investigating as a hate crime, was first reported by The Every day Information.
There was an increase in antisemitic and different bias crimes for the reason that begin of the battle, inserting each Jewish and Arab New Yorkers on edge. Complete hate crimes in New York Metropolis in October had been greater than double the degrees for the earlier October, and anti-Jewish incidents greater than tripled.
General, there have been 101 bias incidents within the metropolis final month, of which 69 had been directed in opposition to Jews, based on the police division. There have been eight hate crimes in opposition to Muslims, in contrast with zero final October. For the yr to date, hate crimes within the metropolis are down nearly 10 %.
Earlier this week, New York lawmakers launched a invoice increasing the vary of offenses that may be prosecuted as hate crimes and shutting loopholes in present legal guidelines. The laws responds to what State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal referred to as “an unprecedented rise in bias-motivated crimes in opposition to Jewish, Muslim, Asian American and L.G.B.T.Q. individuals.”