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Hate in the city: Anti-Semitism still rising across Brooklyn and Queens

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New York City may be the safest big city in the America, according to the mayor and police commissioner — but it is not immune from the troubling wave of anti-Semitism across the country.

As anti-Semitic hate crimes remain on the rise, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the Office of the Prevention of Hate Crimes to put a cap on the number of attack and ultimately uphold the city’s new status as the safest big city in America.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the highest number of incidents were in precincts outside of Queens, but the “World’s Borough” has had its share of hate crimes in recent months.

“We definitely see some precincts spiking and taking a disproportionate share of those crimes [such as the 71st Precinct and 94th Precinct] in Brooklyn. We also see it on the Upper East Side in the 19th Precinct,” Shea said. “So, there are hotspots, if you will, where we see a disproportionate share but that’s not to say that it’s confined solely to that. We see small instances spread throughout the city.”

In November, a 16-year-old yeshiva student was attacked outside of a kosher deli in Forest Hills on 108th Street after school had let out.

Police attributed the attack as a case of mistaken identity, in which the attackers mistook the Bukharian teen, David Paltielov, 16, for a student at Forest Hills High School.

Paltielov was sent to the hospital where he was temporarily in a coma, but made a full recovery.

Cops from the 112th Precinct were hesitant to charge the two males arrested with a hate crime, despite the claims by many in the community that the group had belted anti-Semitic insults during the beat-down. Neighborhood Coordination Officers from the precinct described the attack as a “beef” between some of Russian Jewish kids and the Hispanic and black kids at FHHS.

In February, swastikas and other anti-Semitic markings were scrawled on the playground of P.S. 139 in Rego Park.

Bigots rampage in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has been among the areas of the city hardest hit by anti-Semitic hate crimes. One of the more recent incidents occurred on May 30, when a bigot left an anti-Semitic Post-it note that read “Hitler is coming” on a billboard outside the Jewish Children’s Museum.

Witnesses reportedly saw a teenage girl writing the note on the wall — where the organization has invited passersby to leave Post-its describing how they would transform the world. Onlookers put up a search for the vandal, but she had already left the scene, according to the local Jewish news site Collive.com.

Police are currently anticipating a harassment charge — not vandalism — due to the semi-public nature of the wall, according to a police spokesman.

“My understanding this is an area where people were welcome to come and leave notes,” said Det. Michael DeBonis. “It isn’t a traditional vandalism, or graffiti.”

The case is being pursued by the department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, and any charges issued may be upgraded if investigators can prove bias in the incident, DeBonis said.

The museum’s spokesperson did not return requests for comment from The Brooklyn Paper.

Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the act and directed the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to assist NYPD with their investigation.

“To ensure those responsible for this heinous act are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to immediately provide the NYPD with any resources needed to assist in the investigation of this incident,” Cuomo said in a May 30 statement. “Now and always, there is no place for hate in our state.”

Earlier in May, anti-Semites targeted the Williamsburg area particularly hard.

On May 4, a group of men attacked a 42-year-old man wearing religious garb on Lynch Street near Broadway, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, before socking him in the face, according to police.

Three days later, a teenager snuck up behind an Orthodox Jewish man on Marcy Avenue near Rodney Street on May 7, when he brutally sucker punched the man, before fleeing, cops said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the May 7 attack Wednesday morning, charging with him assault as a hate crime, according to police.

The incidents rattled members of the neighborhood’s Orthodox Jewish community.

“People merely walking on the streets here feel like sitting ducks, worrying that they must look over their shoulder in fear of being hurt because of their faith,” said Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg.

The ongoing measles epidemic also fueled anti-Semitic incidents in Brooklyn. In April, a Jewish man accused an MTA bus driver of attempting to refuse him service on the B57 line in Williamsburg, and then shouting about the measles after he was able to run down and board the bus.

United against hate

During a June 4 press conference, de Blasio and NYPD top brass discusses the initiative to prevent hate crimes through early education as well as hotbeds of violent incidents throughout the city.

Though the mayor was cautious to attribute the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes to fiery rhetoric across the country, but admitted that nationwide discourse is an underlying cause.

“Over the last three years something very dangerous is happening in this country with the rise of white supremacist voices and white supremacist organizations. And what I am trying to help get across is that that threatens so many different people in this country,” de Blasio said. “And certainly in this city, and it’s a reality that unfortunately underlies a lot of what I think is happening as it – again, that movement works against the Jewish community, the Muslim community, the immigrant community, the LGBT community. I mean it’s so negative and broad based; that I think it is part of why we’re seeing an uptick in hate crimes all over the country.”

NYPD reported that as of May, anti-Semitic hate crimes had gone up by 60 percent over the same time the year before with 110 incidents in 2018 over 58 in 2018.

“It’s creating a unity of purpose that I don’t think we’ve ever seen on this level before in the history of New York City. And that is made vivid today by the community leaders who are joining us shoulder-to-shoulder with the NYPD to fight all crime and particularly to fight hate crimes,” O’Neill said. “This is how we defeat hate crimes and this is how we defeat hatred. And Devorah, particularly to you, the efforts with the Children’s Museum to go to the root cause, teaching all New Yorkers, and starting with our children, to love each other, to understand each other.”

Updated 9:40 am, June 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Thanks trump!
June 6, 8:46 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
More Muslims = more anti-Semitic behavior.
June 6, 8:50 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
More white trump supporters = more anti-Semitic attacks.
June 6, 9:24 am
Sharon Edelman from Boro Park says:
Boris, according to the police none of the anti-Semitic incidents in Brooklyn were committed by Muslims. Please research before posting. In this case, libeling innocent people is wrong.
June 6, 9:28 am
SCR from Realityville says:
My guess continues to be,that anti-Semitism is mostly origining from,where it came from;40 or 50-years ago. At home,parents are continually badmouthing Jews,as money-misers,christ-killers,slumlords,etc. Children,hear this,and act upon it. Especially,as teenagers,or young adults. Unlike others places,there is little evidence of anti-Jewish acts by Muslims,here in NYC. Or anti-Semitism,by the hard Left-wing. This includes,anti-Zionism. As for a connection to the Donald Trump presidency,it's frustrating to try to prove. He's a bit like the ten or twelve-year old,who influences others to seriously misbehave. Yet,nobody could pin-down him,for the same BAD behavior. Whatever,he's definitely NOT,without;any guilt.
June 6, 9:29 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
My guess continues that SCR from Realityville is an antisemitic bigot who gets off on dog whistling with the same comment over and over.
June 6, 9:35 am
Chaim from Midwood says:
Observant Jews know who our friends are. Just look at the voting maps from 2016 if you need proof. Leftists and Muslim extremists are our enemies in 2019 and we will destroy them from a position of strength.
June 6, 10:16 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Shut up, Chaim.
June 6, 10:20 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Hey,Henry Ford from Bay Ridge.It's so obvious,that you fully read my gutcomments. Have you ever heard of,the Second Vatican Council? Prior to the end of 1965,it was official Roman-Catholic teaching,that the Jews were responsible;for death of Jesus Christ. Old teachings,nonetheless,are continually passed on to the next generations. Read,more,Henry Ford. And rant and rave,less.
June 6, 10:28 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
SCR from Realityville gets off on calling Jews "money-misers". STFU and learn proper spacing when tping, nitwit.
June 6, 10:38 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Sorry,Henry Ford. I'm Jewish and you're the anti-Semite. At least,if you take after your apparent alias,the actual Henry Ford. Perhaps,this Heney Ford,is just a planted android;attempting to disrupt-any reasonable discourse?
June 6, 10:59 am
Jack from Marine Park says:
Mayor Warren Wilhelm, Jr. needs more hate crimes to campaign against. This means childish chalk and post-it messages are counted as hate crimes. In the end, this type of accounting dilutes the real hate crimes.
June 6, 11:06 am
Chaim from Midwood says:
No we will not shut up. We will destroy every one of you leftist antisemites. Your time is coming soon.
June 6, 11:26 am
LaQwerty Jones from Go Anus says:
In France, the anti-semitism is coming from the Muslim Immigrants, not from the ethnic French. In NY, It seems to be the brown and black kids who blame the Jews for gentrifying their neighborhoods. Blame the politicians and media for stirring the pot. The leftists want to lie and blame it on Trump and white supremacy but that is simply another bit of fake news by the lying, fascist DemonRats.
June 6, 11:45 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Okay,Chaim from Midwood. Coincidentally,that is my Hebrew name. Where is the that the proof anti-Semitism,here in NYC,is coming from the hard left-wing. We're not in England or France,where it is often the case. In fact,at least some circumstantial evidences,points to President Trump's continued Badmouthing. Despite,his very apparent pro-Israel policies.
June 6, 11:55 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You people sound like terrorists. Shame on you all!
June 6, 12:01 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LaQwerty is an idiot.
June 6, 12:02 pm
JD from Gravesend says:
Jewish, Muslim, Christian...all religions. We have a Constitution that says we are all equal no matter who we pray to. Yet some behave like they are owed something, or they are better, or more normal. To me, if you are a citizen of this country you are no better and no worse - I'll treat you kindly until you prove yourself an ahole, then I'll treat you like an ahole. This city does seem to create it's own problem for catering to a particular group over another. I've lived in many towns in this country of ours and have never seen a neighborhood with it's own pseudo-police or pseudo-ems just because they wear black and have curly sideburns. The animosity, hatred, disdain for each other's group will continue as long as we keep the divide alive, not only at home, but in local government too.
June 6, 12:14 pm
Hashem from Your imagination says:
I'm make believe, I don't exist. I was kidding when I said don't eat pork, you fools! Bacon is so delicious!
June 6, 12:31 pm
Felicia says:
The problem is immigration from countries where anti-semitism is rife.
June 6, 1:14 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Felicia is absolutely right! She (Felicia) should go back to where she came from. We don't want you filthy bigots here in America.
June 6, 1:44 pm
Keko says:
Show me a tolerant muslim country where freedom is allowed including being openly gay.
June 6, 2:17 pm
LaQwerty Jones says:
Henry I ain’t no idiot, you just don’t like to see strong Black women breaking away from the Democratic Plantation! You are the exact reason why these lame politicians keep getting elected despite destroying cities like Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago......etc... Y’all are clueless and y’all are the true racists by keeping Blacks in a perpetual cycle of poverty just for votes, shameful. Time for Blacks,gays and Latinos to walkaway from the hate of the Democrats! Seek the truth. Turn off Don Lemon and Rachel Maddow. The internet is your friend.
June 6, 2:21 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL: "I ain’t no idiot". I stand corrected, you're stupid too.
June 6, 2:44 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Show me a tolerant christian country where freedom is allowed including being openly gay
June 6, 2:45 pm
Keko says:
Right here in your backyard . Other countries it is not safe to be openly gay. Other countries you get beaten for not obeying your husband.
June 6, 3:02 pm
Jay Bloom from Manhattan Beach says:
What did President Theodore Roosevelt say to Henry Ford? "Bully" "Nuff Said."
June 6, 3:17 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL, yeah because that never happens here. Keko, you putz!
June 6, 3:21 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay says:
The NYC Jewish community knows that we have more to fear from the outbreak of Measles in our city than the bogus and exaggerated claims of anti-Semitism by the Troika of politicians ,media, and special interests that want us to look like kvetches, whiners , and scaredy cats afraid of our own shadows. We are tougher than that. Chicken Littles and boys who cry wolf can intimidate us or scare us. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
June 6, 3:24 pm
Martin Malenkov from Coney Island says:
HF from Bay Ridge can Dish it out but he can't take it. What a wimp
June 6, 3:28 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Martin Malenkov from Coney Island like to grope the homeless.
June 6, 3:33 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Did I write grope? I meant fellate.
June 6, 3:35 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
I’m white and I hate jews, so you people are wrong.
June 6, 3:55 pm
Sharon Bernstein from Gerritsen Beach says:
Bob, I have to ask you why you hate? What did Jews ever do to you? Maybe, because of our history,Jews are mostly very tolerant people except for a few idiots. I hope you do not have kids so you would teach them to hate also. Very sad.
June 6, 4:12 pm
Linda Sarsour from The Roach Motel says:
Henry Ford please stop hogging the computer and let another inmate have some fun
June 6, 4:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Linda Sarsour, why don't you go to rikers and let the inmates have some fun, with you. I bet you'd like it too.
June 6, 4:27 pm
Linda Sarsour from The Roach Motel says:
No thanks Henry. I don't like dark meat.
June 6, 4:29 pm
Keko says:
Her henry. Read this. Just one example. https://www.newsweek.com/woman-11-husbands-buried-and-stoned-death-islamic-militants-somalia-917903
June 6, 4:29 pm
JImbo says:
Bob you come from an area that looks at people from outside the neighborhood with suspicion. As if you are so great.
June 6, 4:32 pm
Linda Sarsour from The Roach Motel says:
Her Keko. Read this. Just one example. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/us/active-shooter-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting.html
June 6, 4:34 pm
Keko says:
Difference between being mentally ill on anti depressants and a religion that treats women like cattle.
June 6, 4:42 pm
Linda Sarsour from The Roach Motel says:
All religions treat women like cattle. You nitwit.
June 6, 4:45 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You people are idiots.
June 6, 4:47 pm
Linda Sarsour from The Roach Motel says:
I am the real Linda Sarsour and I enjoy having to cover up like it’s the 12th century while the men dress like modern Americans - that’s equality! I also enjoy having to worship separately from the men too since they tend to stink more. Anyone want to come to my march where I prove what a modern liberated woman I am?
June 7, 2:24 pm
Common sense from Nyc says:
We all see the videos.. All the attackers are young black men.. There are no white supremists terrorizing nyc unless you include corrupt russian mafia cops.
June 7, 2:27 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay , Kings Bay says:
We will not be scared nor intimidated by the press, politicians or special interests of the city. There is no outbreak of anti-Semitism. This is truly fake news. Mostly pranks and misdemeanors that don't amount to much. Will just take up time from police activities that will tackle real crime. Sticks and stones may break our phones ,but phony hate crimes will not not hurt us or deter us from going about our usual business. Shame ,Shame on the Bay News
June 7, 3:39 pm
Barack Bin Laden from Failed President Hall Of Fame says:
Nothing to see here folks just another tolerant Democrat who, if not shooting stabbing or raping, is causing other sorts of bigoted, racist mayhem.
June 7, 5:16 pm
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
I'm betting on self-hating Jews for trump who did this.
June 7, 6:42 pm
Barack Bin Laden from Failed President Hall Of Fame says:
It is with great honor that I accept the title of the most dumbest, racist, trump loving, troll in the history of this fine publication. Obama had no investigations or convictions against his admin during the course of his presidency, which he won with merit and not the help of Russia. trump on the other hand, well you'd have to be dumber than me if you don't know how "bigly" he's screwed the pooch since way before day one.
June 7, 8:53 pm
Ranz from Sheepshead Bay says:
Stories like this just encourage copy cats
June 8, 10:46 am
Charlie Percoco from Boro Park says:
Don't you just love Bay Ridge Henry Ford? He's so sensitive and special. God bless Him and his wonderful posts. And what a wonderful vocabulary he has too.
June 8, 10:49 am
Whatcha Doin from The Poisoned Well says:
We all know what you are thinking, but before you get started just remember, true or not, its anti-Semitic to say Jews would ever fake any of these things to gain sympathy from the public and justify their unequal protected status that shields them from any and all criticism.
June 11, 9:40 pm

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