Anti-Semitism on the rise and Columbia is a focal point. “Governor Cuomo has ordered the state police to help the NYPD find the anti-Semitic vandal who scrawled swastikas on a Holocaust scholar’s office door at Columbia Teacher’s College,” John Annese reported in The New York Daily News.
“Cuomo said Thursday that he’s directing the state police Hate Crimes Unit to aid the investigation, run by the NYPD‘s Hate Crimes Task Force, into the graffiti found on Prof. Elizabeth Midlarsky’s walls Wednesday afternoon.”
Annese goes on to relate that, “The Teachers College graffiti comes after a wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the city. Police are looking into whether anti-Jewish bias motivated an assault on a 9-year-old Hasidic boy, who was punched in the face in Williamsburg Sunday evening.”
“As of Nov. 7, hate crimes across the city increased to 309 this year compared to 297 in the same time frame last year, with a sharper rise in anti-Semitic incidents — 159 compared to 130, according to NYPD statistics.”