Rash of Anti-Semitic Acts Shows New York City Is Not Immune
New York, NY, December 3, 2003… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today decried the repeated hate-motivated vandalism which continues to plague New York City as acts of unbridled anti-Semitism.
There were 24 anti-Semitic incidents reported in November 2003, including reports of synagogue vandalism, swastikas markings on homes and property and tire slashings in Jewish communities. This is over twice the number of incidents reported in the same month last year, when there were 10 incidents during November 2002.
"Anti-Semitic vandalism and other hate crimes are evidence that New York City is not immune to anti-Semitism," said Joel Levy, Director of ADL's New York Regional Office. "We are witnessing a worldwide explosion of anti-Semitism making this recent spat of incidents in New York City extremely disturbing.
"We know that most New Yorkers do not tolerate this type of hatred. Now is the time for them to stand up and declare that New York City is no place for hate, no place for bigotry, and no place for anti-Semitism."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.