Opinion How to Protect New York’s Jews

19:10  02 january  2020
19:10  02 january  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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I spent the past two years with the Guardian Group crisscrossing Europe, from London to Kyiv, assessing security threats to Jewish communities in Europe, which are facing a rise in anti-Semitism. Never did I ever expect my hometown to experience a similar spasm of anti-Semitic attacks, many of them violent. Yet, with 10 reported anti-Semitic incidents over the past week, plus the horrific attack in Jersey City in early December, we must confront this particular hate forcefully. The question is: What can be done to protect the Jews of greater New York?

The anti-Semitism emergency

  The anti-Semitism emergency History teaches unequivocally that Jew hatred is evil and murderous. When we find it in our midst, we must stamp it out. That we are living through an anti-Semitic moment can no longer be in doubt. On Saturday night, a man armed with a large knife attacked and stabbed five people at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York. All of the victims survived — and the attacker's family said he suffered from mental illness — but it was the latest in a recent series of high-profile anti-Semitic attacks that have taken place in the region, including the deadly shootings earlier this month at a Jewish market in Jersey City.

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An effective multipronged response needs to involve the Jewish community, in all of its diversity, and the greater public, as well as city and state governments.

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As a former director of intelligence analysis at the New York City Police Department, I can tell you that deterrence is crucial. Would-be assailants need to be dissuaded from carrying out attacks. In recent days, the mayor’s office has committed to deploying extra law enforcement resources to the most endangered communities, many in Brooklyn. This is a good start, but the commitment must go further. Increased police patrols, the establishment of fixed posts and even the use of undercover officers, dressed as observant Jews, are tactics that should be deployed and sustained for the foreseeable future. Removing these resources after only a short time has proved to be ineffective; incidents return as patrols leave.

Anti-Semitic attacks show a society at risk of falling apart

  Anti-Semitic attacks show a society at risk of falling apart Frida Ghitis writes that the stabbing of worshippers celebrating Hanukkah in Monsey, New York, spotlights growing anti-Semitism as far more than a "New York problem" or a "Jewish problem." Anti-Semitism is a symptom of a society at risk of falling apart, she says.On Saturday night, the seventh night of Hannukah, a man entered the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York, pulled out a machete, and started stabbing worshippers celebrating the Jewish festival of lights. It was at least the ninth attack against Jews in just over a week in the New York area. He was later arrested back in New York City, reportedly covered in blood.

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And what about when assailants are caught?

Data that I’ve reviewed show approximately a third of the recent anti-Semitic attacks in New York are committed by people with histories of psychiatric problems. The arrest of such a person in a violent attack (hate crime or otherwise) might be considered evidence that he or she has a mental illness, which is likely to result in serious harm to self or others. Rather than being released immediately, those arrested should be formally evaluated to determine whether other intervention is necessary. To be sure, this doesn’t excuse crimes of heinous anti-Semitism but helps further combat a condition under which antisocial behavior like anti-Semitism thrives.

The Rev. Wendy Paige, the pastor for the man charged in the Monsey attack, noted that he had battled with mental illness for two decades and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. “There hasn’t been anyone who has given a real solution to deal with a grown man who is dealing with schizophrenia, other than ‘Go home and call us if something happens.’” Failing to treat individuals with documented mental health issues is not an acceptable solution.

For New York’s Orthodox Jews, a fearful present brings up echoes of the violent past

  For New York’s Orthodox Jews, a fearful present brings up echoes of the violent past A string of anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn as well as a Hanukkah stabbing in the New York suburbs have rattled the Orthodox community.“I feel sick,” Spielman said. He has taken to carrying pepper spray for the first time in his life. “This is how it is, being Jewish. You know history always repeats itself.

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New York City and the state must work together to treat mental health issues as the serious threat that they are. Both should immediately fund initiatives that enable expedited enrollment in treatment programs so that law enforcement officials and district attorneys can readily access appropriate services in place of, or in tandem with, the criminal justice system, rather than turning these people in need back to the streets.

The data also show that almost two-thirds of the attacks in New York City are committed by juveniles who are local residents. This is deeply disturbing. After suspects are arrested, family court judges have too few options. City Hall must develop an age-appropriate restorative justice option for those adjudicated as juvenile offenders for their participation in what could be a hate crime. The program should include both supervised community service and an educational element that would focus on teaching an offender about the societal costs of hate crimes. In addition, comprehensive anti-bias education programming needs to be instituted in city schools, beyond Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current plan.

We must combat antisemitic hate crimes with solidarity, not violence (opinion)

  We must combat antisemitic hate crimes with solidarity, not violence (opinion) David Love writes that the correct response to a recent wave of anti-Semitism in New York is not increased police presence, which puts people of color, including Jewish people of color, at risk.The recent wave of nine violent anti-Semitic attacks in the New York area since mid-December, comes as hate crimes against the Jewish community and attacks on synagogues have increased in the US, the UK and elsewhere. Many politicians and media personalities have fanned the flames of hatred by mainstreaming antisemitism, promulgating conspiracy theorizing tropes about Jewish people and legitimizing hate groups who target racial and religious minorities and promote acts of violence against them.

And when appropriate, hate-crime assailants should face significant jail time in order to send a clear message that hate crimes will not go unpunished.

Lastly, there is self-defense. The need for this is unfortunate — in part, it’s a failure of the American promise of freedom and toleration that a minority group must learn to provide for its own defense; but we must confront the world as it is. The Jewish community must be proactive in protecting itself. We’re responding by creating a community security program, a group which I lead — with a $4 million plan that includes six security professionals to help secure local Jewish institutions in the New York region. This effort is directed by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Jewish institutions must continue to make themselves more resilient by improving access control and by making use of some of the recent New York State grant funding allocated for schools, community centers and camps. State funding should include more robust protection for houses of worship.

The menace of anti-Semitism won’t be defeated overnight. But with a determined focus on deterrence, resolving mental-health treatment deficiencies, creating juvenile rehabilitation programs, defending houses of worship and other Jewish institutions, we can begin to beat back the persistent violence that is afflicting New York’s Jewish community.

March against anti-Semitism brings thousands to streets of New York City: 'No Hate, No Fear'

  March against anti-Semitism brings thousands to streets of New York City: 'No Hate, No Fear' Thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike took to the streets Sunday, assembling at Foley Square in a dramatic show of unity after a string of attacks.Chanting "No Hate, No Fear," the throng of protesters from New York, New Jersey and well beyond assembled at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan under clear, crisp skies and a heavy police presence.

Mitchell D. Silber, a former N.Y.P.D. official, is the incoming executive director of the Community Security Initiative, a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and UJA-Federation of New York.

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As someone who regularly writes and comments on anti-Semitism, I’ve been getting asked a lot, "What is going on in New York?" Even my six-year-old daughter, overhearing radio and television interviews, has been asking, “Why do other people hate Jews?” They are both complicated questions without easy answers, especially for a kindergartner. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); As with other forms of bigotry and hatred, a great deal of Jew hatred stems from pure ignorance and fear of “the other.

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