I saw this statistic in Armin Rosen’s excellent Tablet article.
In a study released this past July, the New York-based group Americans Against Antisemitism found that of the 118 adults arrested for anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York City since 2018, only one has been convicted and sent to prison.
Israel Bitton, executive director of Americans Against Antisemitism and one of the co-authors of the report, said the study aimed “to answer a simple question: Are there consequences for anti-Jewish hate crimes?” The document gives a clear answer: “In the majority of trackable cases, prosecution has been effectively nonexistent.” Some unknowable number of the 118 anti-Jewish hate crime suspects whose cases showed up in the state’s WebCrims database since 2018 were sent to state psychiatric institutions for an unknown period of time, instead of being criminally charged, Bitton explained. Fifteen took plea deals, although the study found no evidence that any of these agreements involved jail time. In 23 cases, the charges were dropped. The only conviction was for a relatively high-profile incident, in which the suspect choked and beat a visibly Jewish man in his mid-50s while he walked home from Shabbat day services in Crown Heights.
The bigger picture is that the criminal justice system was effectively shut down post-BLM, but even before the wave of 2020 race riots, it was marginally functioning.
The majority of the attackers are exactly the kinds of folks that the pro-crime movement was built to protect, violent career criminals, young thugs or the deranged.
The report documents multiple ugly cases that saw no action either from police and prosecutors, and would not have been featured on CNN’s antisemitism special. The false distinction between crime and hate crimes has made a mockery of basic law and order for Jews, Asians and other upwardly mobile minorities living in urban areas.
Wokeness means that no one wants to arrest or prosecute certain kinds of attackers without a lot of pressure. If someone is involved in a viral video incident alleging racism, they’re going to be a priority. Violently assaulting someone isn’t.
Amy Cooper, the woman in Central Park who was targeted in a black nationalist viral video, was prosecuted for calling the police.
This? Not so much.
“At approximately 11:40 AM at the intersection of East 41st Street and 3rd Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan, Steven Jorge, 28, punched a Jewish man, 65, and when the man fell to the ground, kicked him repeatedly while yelling, “F___ you, Jew!” Jorge was arrested, but it does not appear that there were any judicial consequences for his conduct.
That was in 2019. Eric Adams, now mayor, had tweeted, “This despicable anti-Semitic act — as families are gathered to celebrate Chanukah — is an affront to our city’s values. Thank you to @NYPDHateCrimes for their quick work apprehending the attacker and sending a clear message: hate has NO home in our city.”
Hate has not just a home, but an estate.
For all the meaningless lip service, another term for Gov. Hochul, who has made it clear that she puts criminals ahead of victims, will make things even worse.