New data compiled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) shows there was a significant spike in antisemitic hate crimes in 2018, with Jews being the most-targeted minority group in the city.
According to Patch.com, the NYPD registered a 6 percent increase in hate crimes in 2018 — and Jews were the target in over half of them.
The data revealed there were 183 antisemitic crimes in the city in 2018 — a rise of 22 percent from 2017 and 38.6 percent from 2016.
The number of hate crimes targeting other groups remained stable or fell over the past year. African Americans and the LGBT community were the next two most-targeted groups after Jews.
Evan Bernstein — the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director for New York and New Jersey — was quoted as saying, “We can’t let this become the new normal.”
In November, it was reported that the FBI had found a 37-percent increase in antisemitic hate crimes nationwide in 2017.