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Jew-Hatred In NYC: Brooklyn Synagogue’s Window Smashed On Shabbat

In yet another noxious and egregious display of open anti-Semitism, a Brooklyn synagogue this past weekend had its windows smashed during Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. At the time, the rabbi and his entire family were inside the building.

NBC News reports:

A window of a Brooklyn synagogue was smashed on the Sabbath while the rabbi and his family, including young children, were inside.

A large plate glass window was shattered in front of Chabad of Bushwick on Flushing Avenue, Rabbi Menachem Heller said.

Heller said his family, including nine children, stays at the center on the Sabbath. …

Heller said they walked across the street and asked people to call 911 because, as observant Jews, they don’t use their phones on the Sabbath. They also flagged down police officers.

As NBC News also notes, New York City in calendar year 2019 has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Two weeks ago, the NBC affiliate reported that the NYPD had investigated 42 hate crimes through February 4, 2019, compared with only 19 over the same period one year prior. “Most” of these 42 hate crimes have been anti-Semitic in nature.

As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro observes today, the window-smashing of a Chabad shul in New York City is indicative of broader, dastardly trends affecting the Big Apple:

This isn’t the only story of anti-Semitism in New York. Not by a long shot. Two weeks before that beating, a Jewish man, 19, was “violently assaulted” as he walked past a local laundromat by a group of teenage black males. In December, a 16-year-old Jewish teen spent a week in a hospital after being beaten by two other teens; witnesses said that the teens screamed “Kill the Jew.” The NYPD categorized the attack as “gang related” rather than a hate crime, angering Jews in the area. This weekend, vandals shattered the window of a Chabad in Bushwick as the rabbi and his family slept inside.

FBI hate crime statistics routinely show that anti-Semitic hate crimes account for the overwhelming bulk of all federal religiously based hate crimes. In 2016, of the 1,538 hate crime offenses reported by law enforcement as being religiously based, a whopping 54.2% were anti-Semitic in nature. The second most ubiqutious religously based hate crime in 2016 was the anti-Muslim hate crime, which accounted for a comparatively much smaller 24.8% of the overall total.

The New York City synagogue attack dovetails with the escalation of anti-Semitism as an increased issue of national urgency and increased focus of the nation’s public discourse. In recent weeks, freshman Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have come under intense scrutiny for peddling anti-Semitic tropes and repeatedly making anti-Semitic overtures. As The Daily Wire reported two weeks ago:

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — all new members of Congress — have all defended anti-Semites or espoused anti-Semitic positions over the last several months.

The disturbing trend comes as the U.S. experienced the worst anti-Semitic attack in the nation’s history in October 2018 after a man walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people, later telling law enforcement that he wanted all Jews to die.