The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is alarmed by the increase in violent hate crimes targeting the Jewish community in New York.
The following is a joint statement from NCJW and NCJW’s New York sections (New York, Brooklyn, Rockland County, Lakeville, Peninsula, South Shore, Westbury, Greater Rochester, and Greater Syracuse), as shared by NCJW CEO Sheila Katz:
“New York has recently seen more than nine violent anti-Semitic attacks on the Jewish community, including the horrific attack in a rabbi’s home in Monsey. Any incident is one too many. We’re heartbroken for the victims and the larger New York Jewish community, and we are resolved in our commitment to call out and address the disturbing trend of rising anti-Semitism and hate that these attacks are part of.”
“Nobody should be targeted for their religious beliefs. Nobody should live in fear that they will be a victim of a hate crime. In a state as vibrant and diverse as New York, there’s more than enough room for people of all cultures and faiths. There’s no room for hate and anti-Semitism.”
“We appreciate the swift condemnation of the attacks by New York City and state law enforcement and government officials, and we challenge them to do more to keep the Jewish population, and all vulnerable minorities, safe from harm. Hate must not only be condemned–it must be confronted. Lives are at stake.”
“Addressing anti-Semitism isn’t a short-term challenge, yet much can and must be done to stem the current crisis. We call on state lawmakers to update and expand the New York State Hate Crimes law to ensure robust protection. Congress should pass the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act (HR 3545/S 2043), which would tie hate crime reporting and training to federal grants, incentivizing data collection. And, we must all commit to building a culture rooted in respect and empathy. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) will continue to work in New York, with Congress, and across the country to ensure nothing less.”
Anti-Semitic attacks have also occurred in Jersey City.