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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Holds A Peace Rally As Hate Crimes Are At Rise In The City

Abdul Ghani

As Hanukkah approaches and millions of Jews prepare to celebrate, prejudice incidents and hate crimes are increasing in New York City.
NYC Peace Rally.Photo byNYC Mayors Office From Flickr

Friday morning at City Hall, Mayor Eric Adams addressed a gathering of religious leaders advocating for harmony, tranquility, and security.

They talked about the 250% increase in ethnically driven hate crimes that the mayor claims have occurred in the last two months, affecting the Muslim and Jewish populations.

Increased Antisemitism

Hours before Hanukkah began, on Thursday night in Albany, a man fired a shotgun outside Temple Israel. Before being put into prison, the suspect is reported to have yelled "Free Palestine".

Even though no one was harmed, the episode increased concerns about antisemitism.

Two Bias Incidents

Back in the city, local Jewish communities have been the focus of at least two bias incidents that police are looking into.

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on November 18, a suspect set fire to tarps outside a Jewish Japanese restaurant that featured the Star of David.

While shouting antisemitic statements in Crown Heights on Thursday, another man is suspected of punching a Jewish man.

Israel's Seige of Gaza For Over 2 Months

Amidst the impact of Israel's escalating conflict in Gaza and outrage over the growing number of deaths in Gaza, there have been hate crimes and bias incidents recently.

New Yorkers, according to the mayor, won't live in terror.

Adams said that while Hanukkah is going on, the NYPD will stay on high alert.

NYC Religious Leaders From The Muslim Christian And Jewish Faiths

Jewish religious leaders and other representatives of the religious community convened at Temple Emanuel on the East Side on Thursday to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. Leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths gathered to light the holiday's inaugural candle and commemorate interfaith brotherhood.

A different kind of menorah, one with a ceasefire prayer and message in its heart, was carried by hundreds of people who had assembled in Columbus Circle.

In Paterson, New Jersey, a city with one of the largest Palestinian communities in the United States and a former home to over 18,000 Jews, the menorah lighting held particular significance for such a diverse society.

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