New York City has experienced a 22 percent increase in bias crimes against Jews so far this year, 159 compared to 130 during the same period of 2017, police reported Wednesday.
While the city was on pace to have a lower number of hate crimes this year, it saw a big jump in October, particularly in anti-Semitic crimes. The report was issued after the Oct. 27 shooting attack during Sabbath services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, which killed 11, injured seven, and drew national attention. On Monday, New York police arrested a man charged with scrawling pro-Nazi slogans inside a Brooklyn synagogue a week ago.
New York City, with 1.1 million, has the largest concentration of Jews outside Israel.
Overall, major crime in the city decreased by 1.4 percent so far this year, from the same period of 2017, and is projected to fall to a record low for 2018. Murders were down 41 percent in October, while shootings were down 6.8 percent.