NY survey finds widespread harassment of Jews and other minorities

Source: Times of Israel

Four in five Jewish New Yorkers said they were “very” or “somewhat” bothered by vandalism or property damage targeting their religion, according to a recent survey on harassment of minority groups.

The report, summarizing the findings of a survey by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and Strength in Numbers Consulting Group, was released Tuesday. It found that 38.7 percent of the 3,105 respondents — Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Jewish and Sikh New Yorkers — reported experiencing “verbal harassment, threats or taunting referring to race, ethnicity or religion,” while 13.6% reported “being purposefully pushed or shoved on a subway platform.”

Nearly one-third of the respondents, 980 individuals, identified as Jewish. Among the Jewish respondents, 80.4% said they were “very” or “somewhat” bothered by vandalism or property damage targeting religion, compared to 64.8% among non-Jews.

Among the Jewish respondents, 24.6% described themselves as not religious or secular; 18.3% and 17.1% deemed themselves to be Reform and Conservative, respectively; and 15.3% said they belonged to no specific branch. Twelve percent described themselves as Orthodox and 2.4% said they were Hasidic.

Those who were more observant of Judaism reported increased experiences with anti-Semitism. Jews who attend services more than once a week were more likely than those who never attend, 39.2% vs. 21%, to say they had experienced verbal harassment, the report said. Also, not being hired because of race, ethnicity or religion was more common among Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish respondents compared to those who were not Orthodox or Hasidic, 55.6% vs. 22.8%.

The commission noted that 71% of respondents overall do not report discrimination when it happens.