NYC Mayor: We're in the middle of a race-hate 'crisis'

Bill de Blasio says NYPD will beef up patrols of Jewish neighborhoods and introduce anti-bias-crime programs in public schools.

Elad Benari ,

Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio
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New York City is in the middle of a race-hate “crisis” and will beef up NYPD patrols of Jewish neighborhoods while introducing anti-bias-crime programs in their public schools, Mayor de Bill Blasio said Sunday, according to The New York Post.

“Fearing the next act of terror will not become the new normal for our Jewish neighbors,” the mayor said in a statement.

“In New York City, diversity is our strength and we respect the traditions of all who call New York City home. Intolerance will never take hold here.”

The Mayor had called a press conference with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea at his side Sunday evening to announce the moves, which come after at least eight anti-Semitic attacks in the past week alone and Saturday night’s stabbing attack during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey.

“We will keep adding as many measures as it takes to end this crisis,” de Blasio was quoted as having told reporters. “An attack on the Jewish community is an attack on us all.”

De Blasio said the city’s Police Department will add four to six cops per tour in each precinct in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Midwood, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Additional NYPD light towers and security cameras will be put in the communities, too, he said.

All city public-school students in the heavily Jewish communities also will “immediately” be enrolled in anti-hate-crime programs when they head back to class again next month after the holiday break, the Mayor continued.

The city Department of Education “will be implementing hate crime awareness programming next month for middle and high schools in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park, including workshops with community partners and leveraging existing social studies curricula and resources,” de Blasio said in his statement.

“These curriculum resources will also be available to middle and high schools citywide.”

De Blasio had already promised on Friday to increase police presence in Jewish neighborhoods in the wake of the string of attacks, including on Friday morning, when three young Jewish women were attacked in Brooklyn.




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