Anti-Semitic attacks on the rise in NYC, worried officials say

By Paula Katinas

September 19, 2014

There have been 224 hate crimes committed in New York City this year and 89 of them were anti-Semitic attacks against Jews, according to a group of lawmakers who held a rally on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to denounce the incidents.

“As we have seen waves of hateful violence against the Jewish community sweep across Europe we must act to stop it in its tracks here in New York City,” said Councilmember David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-parts of Bensonhurst). “We are standing together to make it clear that this rise in anti-Semitism is unacceptable and more must be done by our own city to end these disgusting attacks. We need more done now,” said Greenfield, who represents a district where large numbers of Orthodox Jews live.

Greenfield was one of 25 city and state lawmakers taking part in the Sept.18 rally. The elected officials said they want the city to take stronger action to prevent such attacks and to do more to punish those who commit hate crimes.

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