The NYPD says antisemitic hate crime complaints are up this year.
As of last week, a total of 80 reports were filed, compared to 62 during the same time period last year, according to the police.
In response, officials have increased security measures at Jewish institutions here in New York City and across the state. But Jewish community leaders say more must be done to ensure the safety of Jewish New Yorkers.
UJA Federation of New York, along with other Jewish organizations, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Sunday in a stand against antisemitism.
Eric Goldstein, the CEO of UJA Federation, joined NY1 to explain why the organization bought the ad.
"ADL did a survey of postings that said variations of ‘Hitler was right’ — 17,000 posts to that effect alone during the week between May 7 and May 14,” Goldstein said. “An ad like this is an important statement and hopefully it motivates others.”
Goldstein emphasized that New Yorkers have an obligation to protect one another and that recognizing the problem is the first step towards solving it.
“The first thing we need to do is have communities of good faith across the country, irrespective of faith, to say, ‘This is absolutely wrong,’” Goldstein said.
“We need to stand against all forms of hate in our country,” Goldstein added. “We’ve been there very recently supporting the AAPI community, saying, ‘This has to end.’”
The Asian community, too, has seen a rise of hate crimes. According to the NYPD, there's been a 450% surge in anti-Asian hate crimes this year.