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Jews most targeted group, according to New York and California hate crime stats

Thousands of people participate in No Hate, No Fear Jewish Solidarity March in response to anti-semitic attacks in and around city across Brooklyn Bridge. (Lev Radin/Shutterstock)
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Of the 84 hate crimes reported in New York between January 1 and March 31 this year, 45 were antisemitic. This accounts for more than 50% of the cases reported in the city.

By ILANIT CHERNICK

Hate crime statistics released by the New York Police Department have highlighted that Jews were the most targeted group in the city during the first quarter of 2020.

Of the 84 hate crimes reported between January 1 and March 31 this year, 45 were antisemitic. This accounts for more than 50% of the cases reported in the city.

The types of antisemitic crimes that took place were not listed in the statistics, but the total number reported was lower during this quarter than it was during this same period in 2019.

Between January and March 2019, 66 hate crimes against Jews were committed.

Hate crimes against Blacks accounted for 12 of the hate crime cases reported while 11 were reported against Asians.

The precincts with the highest number of antisemitic incidents for the first quarter of 2020 included the 107th with five reported cases, and the 60th and 72nd precincts which together totaled seven cases. Both the latter precincts include the Jewish areas of Brooklyn. The 107th includes parts of Queens.

An NYPD report shows that Anti-Jewish bias made up for more than half the hate crimes in the city in the first quarter of 2020.
(Graphic credit: StandWithUs)

According to the latest hate crime statistics released last month, between January 31 and May 31, there were 55 hate crimes reported, down 48% from this time last year. 

Overall there were a grand total of 118 hate crimes reported across the city during this period – down from 179 in 2019.

In 2019, antisemitic hate crimes went up 26% in New York City with a total 234 anti-Semitic incidents reported in comparison to 186 incidents in 2018.

Meanwhile, in California, a report released by the state found that antisemitic-related hate crimes rose from 126 to 141, an increase of 12% in 2019.

Hate crimes against Jews was the only category that saw a rise in numbers, while the overall number of hate crimes dropped by over 4%.

The year’s only hate crime-related death in California was Jewish victim Lori Gilber-Kaye, who was murdered in a antisemitic shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in April last year. Three other people were wounded in the attack, including the synagogue’s rabbi and an 8-year-old girl.

The shooter allegedly claimed that “Jews were trying to “destroy all white people” in a note posted online just prior to the attack.

Hate crimes against black or African Americans fell from 276 to 243, a decrease of 12%, while anti-Hispanic or Latino hate crimes fell from 149 to 110, a decrease of 26.2%.

The state defines hate crimes to include “name-calling, insults, and distributing hate material in public places. If a hate incident starts to threaten a person or property, it may become a hate crime.”

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