NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jewish people say they are living in fear after a spike in anti-Semitic attacks.

According to the NYPD, there were 229 such crimes in New York City last year alone. That’s more than all other hate crimes combined.

That number was also about 20 percent higher than 2018, when there were 185.

On Thursday, the NYPD charged a 24-year-old woman overnight in an anti-Semitic attack against a young Jewish man in Williamsburg.

Police said the 22-year-old victim was assaulted shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. It was the 13th reported anti-Semitic hate crime across the city since Dec. 23 — the first full day of Chanukah.

“No one should have to put up with walking down the street, being concerned with how I am dressed that I may be a target of an attack,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

Thursday night, New York’s new top cop told a concerned crowd of hundreds police are out in force protecting Synagogues and neighborhoods in the cross hairs of the anti Semitic crisis.

Mayor de Blasco visited Jewish leaders in Boro Park.

“We talked about the work in the office to prevent the hate crimes, we talked about what we’re going to do in the schools,” de Blasio said.

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Jasmine Lucas, 24, was charged with second-degree assault and criminal mischief in the latest incident.

Police said Lucas and another woman yelled anti-Semitic slurs at the young man around 12:45 p.m. near Broadway and Gerry Street.

“They took him and threw him down to the ground, and broke his phone and threw the phone at his head,” witness Moses Weiser said.

Investigators questioned the second woman, but she was released without charges.

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The day before, a father said his 15-year-old son was riding the bus home from school in Gravesend when he was robbed at knifepoint by two men.

“They took his yarmulke off his head and they took his Earpods off his ear,” said the father, Jack Hershkovich. “They pushed him, they threatened him, but then they ended up getting off the bus.”

The NYPD released videos of two recent attacks, which investigators believe may have been carried out by the same group of suspects.

One shows a group approach a 56-year-old Hasidic man on Dec. 24 in Crown Heights and then knock him to the ground. Minutes later, just blocks away, a group hit another Hasidic man over the head with a folding chair.

The Guardian Angels have started patrolling the streets of Crown Heights, alongside the NYPD and state troopers.

“If they’re going to attack Jews, they’re going to pay the price,” Curtis Sliwa, of the Guardian Angels said. “They’re starting to call the Guardian Angels, as they did in the ‘70s, ‘80s and early-‘90s. We shouldn’t have to go back to that period of time. We became such a better city, and now we’re beginning to slip back into the abyss.”

Residents said the extra security on the streets is an unfortunate-yet-necessary precaution.

“It’s a sad reality, but if it’s needed, and they’ve got to be here, it’s important,” Yossi Bernstein told CBS2’s Nick Caloway.

“At this point, definitely we need to add in patrols. We also need to add in education,” Chana Lightstone added.

“The mayor and governor, they just come and give lip service. We want to see policies that will actually keep our neighborhoods safe,” Moshiach Now, of Crown Heights, said.

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Also on Thursday, members of New York’s congressional delegation announced that it had secured $90 million in federal grants to protect certain at-risk nonprofits, like synagogues and churches. Grant awardees could use the funding for security guards, cameras and barricades, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.

“No stone can go unturned in this effort. All levels of government, all law enforcement agencies must play their part,” Rep. Max Rose said at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park.

Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries and Eliot Engle offered their own strong words against hate.

“We want to say to anybody who is contemplating an anti-Semitic act, cut it out!” Jeffries said.

“We’re not going to sit idly by. We’re not going to just allow these things to happen. But we will speak out time and time again and do more again, putting our money where our mouth is,” Engle added.

When asked what kind of efforts lawmakers are making to protect people when they walk on the street every day, Rep. Rose said, “This is certainly not a silver bullet. There’s so much more that needs to happen, things that we all support like expanding law enforcement presence patrols.”

Leaders of the Jewish community are demanding more police patrols and cameras on the street.

“In the short term, that’s going to mean what we do with the NYPD. In the long term, it’s going to mean how we educate young people in particular to end this tendency towards these kinds of incidents,” Mayor de Blasio said.

Residents agree educating everyone in the community about tolerance is a worthy investment, but seeing its benefit may take time.

Comments (38)
  1. David Keller says:

    Arm yourselves. Protect yourselves. The NYC government appears to not care if Jews are killed.

    1. Planet Clownfish Brain says:

      Silly melanoids. Stick to attacking whites and you’ll be lauded as heroes by your (((masters.)))

  2. dr3yec says:

    Liberals and there hate for Jews. I just dont understand it.

  3. matt says:

    deblasio and the democrats have given us no jail, no bail, the violent thugs are freed.
    thank you, democrat voters.

  4. tngilmer says:

    Two thoughts. First, the only party that elects rabid Muslim Jew haters is the Democrat Party. Second, the party that crafted hating Jews into an art with the Klan and who elected a Klan leader to the Senate was the Democrat party.

  5. burfs says:

    Wouldnt it be more effective to prosecute these people for Assualt and Battery or Attempted Murder???
    Hate Crimes are just some bull stuff created by politicians to make you vote for them.
    Prosecuting someone for “hate” is lame…..especially after they’ve just beat someone up or…worse…..killed someone.
    Dang, people……wise up.

  6. Kirk Dunlevy says:

    Congratulations Democrats your objective, anarchy, has been achieved. And as for the Jewish community, you’ve voted decade after decade for Democrats, what did you think would happen?

  7. AD D says:

    As the islamic population grows in an area, the more the Jewish community will be attacked. I’m a hispanic living in the Los Angeles area and this is obvious to all.

  8. GKau says:

    5-5-19: Kelly Shackelford: Anti-religious bias is growing, particularly against Jews – We must overcome this evil – FNC

    Yes, sure, we must overcome it, maybe tomorrow, or next week …

  9. joe says:

    The sure fire way to cure anti-semitism.00BUCK/.045ACP.
    splatter buckwheat.

  10. Charlie Harper says:

    Notice the incredible media silence as far as the race and religion of these attackers? If they were white and christian the media would be screaming at their lungs out.

  11. Greg Berchenko says:

    It is time for Hassidic Jews to be prepared to defend yourselves. Bullies stand down when you fight back.

  12. Tom says:

    Stop wearing Hasidic garb. Stop making yourself a target for Pete’s sake!

    1. Donna Meahl says:

      Why should they change what they wear? Why give in to bullies? What if people in NYC started to wear Hasidic clothes and head caps.

    2. Lee says:

      You mean be afraid to outwardly show you’re Jewish in a ‘progressive’ city?

      Are you serious, Tommy?

      And further, they don’t wear what they wear to go around telling everyone else who they are. That’s their culture to dress as they do.

  13. Duble Ducks says:

    Another hate crime against Jews by Muslims who are not being charged with a hate crime. Why?

  14. Dan Roth says:

    Wait a minute. They are going to put more cops on the street to solve this problem? Did I read that correctly? Then what will happen is the thugs will dump buckets of water on the cops heads and they will be temporarily blinded by the water and unable to do anything like in the videos we saw a few months ago. Those cops are afraid to do anything except maybe duck when they pull out the buckets of water! We need a government that supports the police and not a government that makes the police stand there and allow buckets of water to be dumped on their heads. My God, what has NYC turned into? Who are the people allowing to control the government? This is what happens with Democrat rule. Get rid of the damn Democrats and the problems will start to go away. When Rudy was mayor they were not dumping buckets of water on the cops heads and getting away with it.

    1. Frank Joyce says:

      The more things change the more they remain the same. My Irish grandmother (I’m 100% Celt as per my DNA) told me how crooks (Irish) used to hurl bricks at Irish cops from the roofs of mid-Manhattan homes in the early 20th century.

      Human beings are all primitive, and all politics is about hate. So if ye are a Jewish hater, an African American hater, or an Irish-american hater you will throw bricks at those who you hate.

      All politics is about hate. Ye “progressives”-who do you hate?

  15. Jack Meyhoffer says:

    The solution is to arm yourself so that you can fight off these feral beasts. The problem is that the politicians won’t allow law abiding citizens to arm themselves because they pass laws making it nearly impossible to obtain a concealed carry permit. Here in Los Angeles County, you either have to be cop or a large donor to the sheriff to be able to get a concealed carry permit. As a result, the only ones who are armed are the thugs.

  16. Jimmy not that jimmy says:

    Jasmine. I don’t need nuffin more to knowd.

  17. Jose Hoseb says:

    I guessed their skin color right, before seeing a picture or a name.

  18. Ray Sampson says:

    Swift Prosecution and SERIOUS Prison Time is the only thing that will minimize this. It will also help greatly if the Mossad chip in and make a few of these thugs “Fatal Accident Victims,” if you know what I mean. The potential thugs out there will get the word quickly.

  19. Proud Jew says:

    Anti-Semitism has always existed, and right now it is on an upswing.
    Jews must be armed in synagogue, and they should be armed at all times outside of the synagogue. If some Jews don’t want to arm themselves, that’s their right. But any Jew who says that other Jews should not be allowed to arm themselves is wrong. Yes. They are wrong. And that includes your Rabbi.
    Any Rabbi who says you can not be armed in synagogue should no longer be your Rabbi. Any Rabbi who fails to recognize that the most important thing a Jew can do when coming to pray is live to go home to their families when they’re done, fails their congregation, and humanity. Any Rabbi who says congregants can not be armed should be fired, or those congregants should find a new synagogue.
    Ultimately, Jews should train, and should carry in synagogue regardless of what their Rabbi says. Going home alive is the priority, and being able to protect and defend one’s self, and the ones you love, is paramount. Begin the debate here: How do you live the life God wants you to live if you are not alive, and don’t do everything in your power to stay alive?

    1. Frank Joyce says:


  20. Tony Dean says:

    Democrat Rep. Omar has publicly questioned the loyalty of American Jews. But she’s not to blame, right? No, it’s the President, who has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren. OK.

    1. Duble Ducks says:

      The left has gone into full anti-Semitic mode. And almost all the media supports the left.

  21. J David says:

    “At this point, definitely we need to add in patrols. We also need to add in education,” Chana Lightstone added.

    What on earth is a Chana Lightstone? What education is needed to convince people not to rob and bludgeon?

  22. Joe Pelley says:

    Funny, what was the ethnicity of the perp? If they were white, or conservative it would have been in the headline.

    1. Dusty Granger says:

      There is a reason for that. Official Media Certified Victims must not be shown to have Victims of their own.

      “Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” -Richard Salant, former president of CBS News

      “We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage, by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” – Richard Cohen, Senior Producer, CBS Political News

      “Political correctness is a war on noticing.” – Steve Sailer

      Remember: “The most insidious power the media has, is the power to ignore.” – Chris Plante

  23. Daryll Fatherton says:

    Hey New York Jews, keep voting Democrat!

  24. Fred Garvin says:


  25. Al Sharpton says:

    I see White Antisemitic Nationalists everywhere…especially in New York, who knew?

  26. How about letting New Yorkers arm themselves? We don ‘t have these problems where I Iive–we don’t have gun control, we can carry whatever we want, and the bad guys know it. Sure, we have crime, and we certainly have murders–mostly gang members killing one another, but at least we can defend ourselves…

    1. Jacky Kunzi says:

      CCW is the answer. As it sits now, you “appear” to be easy victims.

  27. joe says:

    Down here in Dixie,we would have splattered sambo.

  28. Richard Rosen says:

    These attacks are excuses for bullies to go after those they perceive as weak victims. The Hasidim garb makes their targets easy to spot, specially with the younger perpetrators who probably don’t even understand what a Jew is, and are engaging in copy cat behavior. An excellent suggestion has been made that undercover cops patrol these areas wearing Hasidim garb

  29. Nina D Stephens says:

    Why are we protecting “things” and not PEOPLE!

  30. Kevin James Dever says:

    Should be charged with a hate crime

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