Anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City more than doubled in November compared to the same month last year, according to the latest numbers released by the NYPD.
There were 45 hate crimes inspired by anti-Semitism across the five boroughs last month, compared to 20 in November 2021 — representing a 125% spike.
The dramatic increase coincided with scandals involving Kanye West, now known as Ye, and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric on Twitter and in interviews.
“We have normalized hate and I continue to say the biggest spreader of this hate is social media,” Mayor Eric Adams said at an unrelated press conference on Monday. “What social media is doing to normalize hate, to give a platform for hate, to spread hate, it’s just really alarming.”
Anti-Semitic hate crimes have been on the rise in the Big Apple since the beginning of the year, with the most dramatic spike occurring in February, when 56 offenses targeting Jewish residents were reported, up from the 11 recorded that month in 2021.
The city has seen 278 anti-Semitic attacks so far in 2022, compared to 182 at the same time last year, a 52.7% jump, according to NYPD statistics.
In mid-November, Christopher Brown, 21, and Matthew Mahrer, 22, were arrested at Penn Station for allegedly plotting to shoot up a synagogue in New York City.
Police later discovered that Brown, the alleged mastermind of the botched attack, tweeted anti-Semitic threats and bragged about his “really cool” Nazi memorabilia collection, according to a criminal complaint.
On Nov. 9, a man hurled two rocks at a Jewish middle school on the Upper East Side. Police classified the incident as a hate crime.
On Sunday, police were investigating another possible hate crime after a father and son were shot with a BB gun outside a Kosher supermarket on Staten Island.
Asked about the spike in hate crimes, Adams argued that prosecutors should not be offering plea deals to defendants facing hate crime charges.
“If you are found guilty of a hate crime, you should be held fully accountable for that crime,” he said at the City Hall press conference Monday.
“I don’t think anything is more horrific to a person than to be attacked because of their gender, their lifestyle, their religion, their ethnicity,” the mayor added.
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said that the Jewish community is bracing for the consequences of public figures normalizing anti-Semitism.
For somebody of West’s status to praise Nazis and Hitler is “escalating from ugliness to a kind of incitement,” Greenblatt said.
West was temporarily suspended from Twitter in October after threatening to go “death con 3” on the Jews.
The anti-Semitic vitriol cost the “Gold Digger” artist lucrative sponsorship deals with Adidas and Balenciaga.
Last week, West — coming fresh off his Mar-a-Lago dinner date with former President Donald Trump and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes — unleashed another firestorm when he shockingly professed his love and admiration for Adolf Hitler and Nazis during a sit-down with alt-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his InfoWars show.
West was then booted from Twitter again for sharing an image of a swastika within the Star of David. Twitter CEO Elon Musk said the “Donda” rapper had violated the platform’s policy against inciting violence.
Meanwhile, on Monday Nike severed all ties with Irving after initially suspending its longtime partnership with the Nets point guard over his tweets promoting an anti-Semitic film.