NYC hate crimes hit Jews more than other groups combined in 2018
Bigotry against Jewish people has fueled a spike in hate crimes in New York City in 2018, police statistics show. The NYPD has recorded 352 hate crimes this year as of Sunday, up about 6 percent from 331 in the same time last year.
Jews have been targeted in more than half those incidents. There have been 183 antisemitic hate crimes so far this year, a 22 percent increase from last year and a 38.6 percent spike from around the same time in 2016, NYPD figures show.
Crimes targeting black, white and Asian people have also increased this year, as have those based on sexual orientation, NYPD figures show. Those categories combined still include fewer crimes than the number of antisemitic incidents.
Crimes targeting other groups have fallen or stayed flat compared to last year, with anti-Muslim incidents dropping by nearly half, according to police figures. There have been 18 of those so far this year, down from 34 last year and 31 in 2016.