Reality meet narrative.
The number of hate crimes in New York City jumped by 64 percent this year, officials said Tuesday, fueled by a major spike in attacks on Jews.
The New York Police Department recorded 184 hate crimes through June 2 — up from 112 in 2018 — during a period when the city experienced a continued reduction in overall crimes.
Of the 184 incidents, 110 targeted Jews, up from 58 in 2018.
There were 18 attacks motivated by the victim's sexual orientation — up from 15 in 2018 — and 18 targeting victims who are black, up from 14, the NYPD said.
The next highest targeted group was whites, who were victims in 11 hate crimes, up from three in 2018.
The NYPD says 75 people have been arrested in connection with the crimes.
Is there actually an increase?
I suspect the attacks are just being better documented by security cameras. We've seen a number of videotaped attacks this year.
But count on Mayor Bill de Blasio to stand by a politically correct distortion of reality.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that anti-Semitism is a “right-wing movement” — while rejecting a claim that the left plays any role in discriminating against Jews.
“I think the ideological movement that is anti-Semitic is the right-wing movement,” de Blasio said at a Brooklyn press conference Tuesday about the increase of hate crimes in New York City. Hate crimes against all minority groups are up 64% compared to this time last year. Anti-Semitic incidents have spiked by 90%.
De Blasio said he did not agree with a claim by a reporter that there is also rising anti-Semitism “on the left in the BDS movement and around the world.”
“I want to be very, very clear, the violent threat, the threat that is ideological is very much from the right,” de Blasio said, adding that the perpetrators trace their history back to Nazism and fascism.
The remarks drew immediate blowback from City Council members on both sides of the political aisle.
“I don’t agree with the mayor,” said Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat.
“I have not seen any white supremacists coming in here committing these hate crimes,” he said.
That goes without saying. The perpetrators of many of these attacks are black.
And Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) continue to implictly admit the problem while fighting against any effort to protect Jews.
Here, Martha A. Ackelsberg and Arielle Korman, two members of the anti-Jewish group, attack the very idea of police protection and argue that the answer is fighting "white supremacism".
The NYPD reported 145 hate crimes between January and April; 82 of those incidents, 57%, were anti-Jewish. Hate crimes in general rose 67% in the first quarter of this year, and anti-Semitic hate crimes in particular increased by 82% over a similar period last year. White Christian nationalist violence, stoked by the election of Donald Trump, is on the rise — from New Zealand to New York.
"White Christian nationalist violence" has nothing to to do with the surge of attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions. JFREJ does.
A number of these attacks were carried out by the son of one of its members.
JFREJ’s tract whitewashing black and Muslim anti-Semitism was partly funded by Jenny Levison.
This November, Levison’s black leftist foster son, James Polite, was arrested for setting 7 fires in Hasidic Jewish schools and synagogues in Brooklyn. He also scribbled, “Kill All Jews” inside a lefty congregation.
Last year, Juan Thompson, a former writer for the anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist site, The Intercept, was arrested for sending bomb threats to a number of Jewish targets, including the ADL. Like Polite, there were efforts to paint Juan as suffering from mental illness. JFREJ went even further, declaring, “We reject attempts to explain away anti-Semitism by laying the blame on Black men.”
The problem in NYC isn't "white Christian nationalism". It's JFREJ, which insists on blaming Jews for trying to defend themselves while lying about the problem.
We all want to feel safe, especially in our churches, synagogues, and mosques, but city-funded armed police guards actually make some of us less safe, and cause many Jewish people of color, especially black Jews, to feel unwelcome in Jewish institutions. The truth is, policing cannot solve our problems — we will never arrest our way out of anti-Semitism.
We can however "arrest our way" of people assaulting other people in broad daylight or trying to start fires in synagogues, like JFREJ's deranged spawn.
We refuse to downplay the profound threat of anti-Semitic violence, or to dismiss the real fear and pain our community feels in this moment; yet we believe that there is a better way for the Jewish community to protect itself: by preventing hate violence in the first place.
How exactly do we do that?
Armed guards are not a panacea — data show that the presence of police can actually attract shooters, and that, too often, police officers shoot bystanders in response to an attack, increasing the bloodshed rather than preventing it.
Armed guards don't prevent armed attacks? Synagogue shooters actually want to get into shootouts with police?
Good thing Pittsburgh had no armed police on the scene. They might have made JFREJ members uncomfortable. A few people dead are a small price to pay for the left's deranged hatred for law enforcement.
In addition, arresting a suspect after an incident does not address the underlying tensions and ideologies that lead to hate violence; and increased penalties for hate crimes are unlikely to deter assailants from committing acts of violence.
This is so stupid that you know one of the authors is an academic.
But how does JFREJ propose to stop anti-Semitic assaults in Brooklyn without involving the police?
If we want to focus on prevention in New York City, the best approach is the Hate Violence Prevention Initiative that a coalition of Jewish, Arab, LGBTQ, and immigrant community organizations have presented to the New York City Council. The communities that these groups represent share a mutual interest in standing up to hate-motivated violence and white nationalism. All of us understand that hate violence and bias incidents can only be prevented in local communities, by local communities — not by police or prosecutors.
We need approaches that prevent violence through education and community-building, interrupt violence through community-based upstander/bystander trainings and rapid response at the local level, and repair damage through restorative justice, counseling, and peer-support. We oppose “zero tolerance” policies — an approach that is geared toward impressive sound bites, not effective hate violence reduction.
To summarize, JFREJ would like to form a coalition advocating for decriminalizing anti-Semitic attacks against Jews.
Someone please explain to me how JFREJ isn't actually just an ally of anti-Semitic attackers?