In a statement released shortly after midnight New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was “horrified” by the Monsey stabbings, calling the acts “despicable” and “cowardly.”
“Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotary of any kind are repungnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate. In New York we will always stand up and say with one voice to anyone who wishes to divide and spread fear: you do not represent New York and your actions will not go unpunished.”
Cuomo said a State Police hate crime task force has been called to investigate and hold the attacker accountable “to the fullest extent of the law.”
This is the latest in a string of crimes against members of the Jewish community to take place in New York this week.
On Friday, police arrested a woman accused of slapping three women in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, because she thought they were Jewish. Cuomo said it was the sixth anti-Semitic incident in New York City that week.
In response to the hate crimes, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to ramp up security around Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg.
Nationwide, attacks against members of the Jewish community appear to be on the rise.
The ADL’s Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States recorded 1,879 acts in 2018, including an increase in the number of physical assaults.
That came a year after the ADL announced a (nearly) 60 percent rise in the number of anti-Semetic incidents, which the organization says is the largest single-year increase on record as well as the second highest number of acts reported since the 1970s.
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