NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The NYPD says it has received reports of eight anti-Semitic crimes in the past week, including one Friday morning.
From drinks being thrown at victims’ faces to beatings, anti-Semitic hate crimes have spiked in the city this month.
“They’re very concerning. Whether it’s calls that are made or activities that are driven by hate. It’s very concerning,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
The most recent attack was on Friday morning, when police say a woman slapped three women wearing traditional Jewish clothing.
In an interrogation, the woman reportedly said she did so because she thought the women were Jewish.
The woman, who police identified as 30-year-old Tiffany Harris, faces a first-degree harassment charge as a hate crime.
The incident, like many others, took place in Brooklyn, where the NYPD says it’s boosting its presence.
Ayana Logan, 42, was also arrested after she allegedly hit a woman in the head with a bag and made anti-Semitic comments in Gravesend on Thursday afternoon.
On Christmas, a 40-year-old man was walking through Borough Park in traditional religious clothing when he was punched in the face by a man who had blocked his path, police say.
And in Crown Heights on Friday, police say a man threatened worshippers on Utica Avenue.
Mayor de Blasio says officers will be more visible in Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg, and that police will boost visits to houses of worship and some other places.