In Fact, The Empire State Had More Such Incidents Than Any Other State

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New statistics Monday said the number of anti-Semitic incidents jumped in New York State last year, and the state ranks at the top of the nation for such acts.

There were 248 anti-Semitic incidents statewide in 2012, compared with 195 incidents the year before, according to an audit by the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 172 incidents happened within the five boroughs of New York City, compared with 127 in 2011, the statistics said.

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“While the great majority of Jewish New Yorkers feel comfortable and safe in their respective communities, it is nevertheless disturbing that we saw almost a 30 percent uptick in the total number of anti-Semitic incidents across the state,” ADL Acting New York Regional Director Etzion Neuer said in a news release. “Though we did see a decrease in harassment and threats, the sharp increase of anti-Semitic vandalism incidents is a reminder that we are still not immune to anti-Semitism.”

The ADL said Brooklyn had the greatest number of anti-Semitic incidents last year, with a total of 87. Manhattan saw 44 such incidents, Queens 30, the Bronx 11, and Staten Island nine.

Westchester and Rockland counties and upstate New York saw 11 anti-Semitic incidents, Nassau County saw 54, and Suffolk County saw two, the ADL said.

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The ADL report included details of some of the most egregious alleged incidents last year. Among them were a July 25 incident in Manhattan in which a Jewish educational institution received voice mails saying a nuclear Holocaust was coming and threatening to “execute all Jews,” and an incident at the Kingston Avenue subway station in Brooklyn in which someone spray-painted, “The world would be much better off if all of the Jews were lampshades.”

Nationwide, the ADL audit found a total of 927 anti-Semitic incidents in 2012, including 17 physical assaults, 470 acts of harassment, and 440 incidences of vandalism.

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