The rise in antisemitism in the US has American Jewish leaders more concerned than ever and ready to take increased action.
37-year-old Marty Party was charged with one count of criminal mischief in connection with the incident.
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The shattered menorah, stationed at the corner of East 93rd Street and 2nd Avenue, follows another antisemitic vandalism which occurred at the same center in October during the Sukkot holiday.
Similar incidents have taken place across the Jewish diaspora since American rapper Kanye West began an infamous antisemitic tirade late this year.
The suspect, identified as Dallas resident Eric Brian King, was recorded in surveillance videos throwing objects at a large menorah.
Activists have staged high-profile protests across Europe in recent months, sometimes targeting museums and famous art.
The activists belonged to the organization Palestine Action and protested the UK's role in the alleged Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.
"Few clubs at Queen's University have spoken about this incident that directly affected their Jewish peers," said a student.
Rabbi Uriel Zigler told CBS New York, that despite what the man did, he would still invite the man to "share a meal, a hug and spread love."