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A street in Borough Park

Antisemitism is alive and well in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park, one of several Hasidic neighborhoods in New York City that has seen a rise in such attacks.

This weekend, a woman came up behind a Hasidic man walking down the street and slapped his hat off of his head.

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The incident took place during the day on Shabbat after the woman allegedly attempted to missionize to the Hasidic Jew, who told her to leave him alone.

The attacker was tracked down and caught by volunteers from the Boro Park Shomrim civil guard society, who turned her over to NYPD police officers for arrest.

One day earlier, (Sept. 16) an antisemitic thug on a bike attacked a Hasidic man as he was walking near the corner of 18th Avenue and 48th Street in the same neighborhood.

Volunteers from Boro Park Shomrim were able to track down and hold the attacker until NYPD police officers arrived to arrest him.

New York leads the nation in antisemitic incidents, according to the ADL Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents.

In 2021, the number of reported incidents (416) increased 24 percent over the 336 incidents that took place in 2020.

The figures included 51 assaults motivated by anti-Jewish bias, the highest number ever recorded by ADL in New York.

The numbers also include a spike in antisemitic incidents driven by extreme anti-Israel sentiments during the May 2021 Israel-Hamas war, which included assault, arson threats and harassment.

Antisemitic hate crimes have continued to rise in New York over the last two years.

According to NYPD data on confirmed hate crime incidents across the five boroughs, from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021, Jews were the most targeted group, with a total of 317 incidents committed against the Jewish community, accounting for 40 percent of hate crimes in the New York City during that time period.

Total incidents increased 62 percent between 2020 (121 incidents) and 2021 (196 incidents).

In 2020, anti-Jewish crimes across New York State accounted for more than 88 percent of religiously motivated incidents, totaling 182 antisemitic incidents out of a total of 206 hate crimes.

Across all categories in 2020, hate crimes targeting the Jewish community accounted for 37.3 percent (182 of 488) of all hate crime incidents in New York State.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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