Antisemitic hate crimes in New York up 92% in March - NYPD

More antisemitic incidents were reported in New York during March than any other type of hate crime.

New York City police officers block hassidic men from entering a synagogue, closed due to COVID-19, in Brooklyn, in March 2020. (photo credit: ANDREW KELLY / REUTERS)
New York City police officers block hassidic men from entering a synagogue, closed due to COVID-19, in Brooklyn, in March 2020.
(photo credit: ANDREW KELLY / REUTERS)

Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City were up a startling 92% in March 2022 compared to the same month in 2021, according to new data released by the New York City Police Department.

A total of 23 hate crimes against Jews were reported in the city during the month, 11 more than were reported in March 2021.

This follows an increasing trend in antisemitic incidents in New York in previous months.

In February 2022, there was a 400% increase in antisemitic incidents when compared to February 2021, with 56 reported this year compared to 11 last year.

The data for January were similar, with January 2022 showing nearly 300% more antisemitic hate crimes compared to January 2021.

A man walks past an Orthodox yeshiva in Brooklyn, Sept. 29, 2020.  (credit: DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON)A man walks past an Orthodox yeshiva in Brooklyn, Sept. 29, 2020. (credit: DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON)

Overall, the NYPD data for March showed that antisemitic hate crimes were not the only ones to rise in March. Islamophobic incidents doubled from one to two, hate crimes related to ethnicity tripled from one to three and hate crimes related to sexual orientation more than tripled from three to ten. By contrast, no hate crimes related to disabilities were reported at all in March, and the number of hate crimes against Asians and Hispanics actually went down – the former by almost half (32 to 17) and the latter altogether, from two to zero.

Taking in the aggregate total of reported incidents, however, there were more antisemitic incidents than any other type of hate crime during March, with only anti-Asian hate crimes coming close: 17 compared to 23.