New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered state forces to step up patrols of Jewish schools, synagogues and other community institutions following a wave of violent anti-Semitic attacks in the city and across the country amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Anti-Semitic violence and intimidation is at odds with the promise and purpose of New York State, and we will not tolerate it in any form,” Cuomo said in a statement on Monday. “Hatred has no place in our state, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that Jewish New Yorkers – and New Yorkers of all faiths – have the peace, security, and security they deserve.”
State police will patrol outside Jewish educational and religious institutions in the counties of New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Suffolk, especially between Friday evening and Saturday evening during the Jewish Sabbath.
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Government Andrew Cuomo Monday ordered state forces to step up patrols of Jewish institutions in New York after a series of anti-Semitic attacks
Waseem Awawdah, 23 (left), accused of brutally beating Joseph Borgen, 29 (right), a Jewish accountant, who was attacked on his way to a pro-Israel rally in Times Square
The police will also provide assistance to Jewish communities and address any security concerns.
The patrols follow a wave of hate crime attacks, including the beating of a Jewish man as he walked to a pro-Israel rally, a brick thrown through the window of a kosher pizzeria, and people spitting on Jewish restaurant patrons in Midtown Manhattan.
In New York, the NYPD said 195 hate crimes were reported in NYC between Jan. 1 and May 1, an increase of 71 percent from the same period last year.
While these numbers did not reveal how many of the incidents were anti-Semitic, the Anti-Defamation League has specifically noted an increase in attacks on Jews.
The group received 193 reports of anti-Jewish incidents in the week following the start of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, up from 131 the week before.
Joseph Borgen, 29, an accountant, was brutally attacked by a group of Palestinian supporters on his way to a pro-Israel rally in Times Square last Thursday.
Borgen told DailyMail.com that he was knocked down with crutches and a flagpole by as many as 10 people hurling anti-Semitic abuse at him.
‘I thought I was going to die. I thought I was really going to die, ”said the cruel man.
There were two anti-Jewish incidents in Brooklyn earlier this month. This image is a still image from surveillance cameras of the second, which saw three men shouting at Jews walking past a synagogue
Ali Alaheri, 29, is accused of setting fire to the Jewish center near Borough Park earlier this month
Waseem Awawdeh, 23, was arrested for kicking, pepper spraying and beating Borgen. He was charged Saturday after allegedly making a confession.
‘If I could do it again, I would do it again. I have no problem doing it again, ‘he reportedly said.
In Brooklyn last week, a Jewish teenager was strangled to death after refusing to repeat anti-Semitic statements, and another was chased with a baseball bat.
At around the same time and in the same neighborhood of Borough Park, three men approached four Jewish men walking outside a synagogue, calling for anti-Semitic libel.
On May 18, a car convoy with Palestinian flags rolls through the Beverly Grove section of LA, before a few men attacked Jewish diners in a restaurant
One of the suspects in the attack, identified as Danial Shaukat, 20, from Brooklyn, was later arrested and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
On Saturday, Ali Alaheri, 29, was charged with burning a synagogue and a Jewish school in Brooklyn last week.
Los Angeles has also seen a spike in anti-Jewish attacks in recent months, but so far Gavin Newsom government has not deployed state forces to address the security concerns of the Jewish community.
Instead, volunteers have set up armed patrols to escort Jewish people on their way to the synagogue, and the LAPD has also stepped up its presence outside of Jewish institutions.
A local man, Steve Goldstein, 35, told the LA Times he had “never been more afraid of being in Los Angeles” after a series of high-profile attacks.
On a cell phone, the unidentified man was captured shouting “Jews must die” to a rabbi outside Chabad in South Broward, Florida. The man left and returned a short while later, with a bag of human feces (he is pictured delivering it)
On May 18, a group with Palestine flags stopped at the Sushi Fumi restaurant in the bustling Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, before shouting anti-Semitic abuse at Jewish customers and pelting them with bottles.
“ Someone in one of the cars passing by started throwing glass bottles or glass cups at the tables and they were broken all over the place, ” a woman told CBSLA, adding that a group of about thirty attacked the tables and started asking, “ Who? is Jewish? ‘
Xavier Pabon, 30, of Banning, California, was arrested three days later and charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with that attack.
A day before the sushi restaurant incident, Orthodox Jews had to flee for their safety after being chased by two cars with Palestinian flags.
The president called the recent series of attacks on Jews on Monday ‘despicable’, saying ‘it’s up to all of us not to give hate a safe haven’
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said the father-of-six – who is too scared to be publicly identified – “literally had to flee for his life.”
In Florida, a man shouted ‘Jews must die’ to a rabbi for the South Broward Chabad on Hallandale Beach, before throwing a bag of human feces outside the building and spitting on a menorah.
President Joe Biden criticized the wave of violence against Jewish Americans and tweeted Monday, “The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad – it is up to all of us not to give hate a safe haven. ‘