On this eve of the anniversary of the attack of 9/11, we are just a few days away from the start of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holidays. New York City is unique in that over one million Jewish people reside here, making it one of the largest Jewish communities in the world.
This year, more so than in years past, the talk around the holiday table will be about the rise in anti-Semitism both here and abroad.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force reports that within the first five months of 2015 alone, there was a 29 percent city-wide increase in anti-Semitic incidents compared to the same time last year.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, last year, on the heels of a huge upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe and around the globe, New York State experienced a 14 percent increase in anti-Semitism, with 231 incidents. 147 of those incidents took place in New York City alone. New Jersey experienced 107 anti-Semitic incidents while Long Island’s Jewish community saw 64 incidents of discrimination and assault.
MetroFocus anchor Jack Ford talks to Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, for an update.