A report released by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services concluded that hate crimes increased 14% in 2009, led by an increase in attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions.
Six hundred and eighty-three hate crimes were reported to authorities across New York State in 2009, compared with 599 in 2008. Anti-Semitic incidents rose from 219 in 2008 to 251 in 2009, comprising 37% of reported incidents.
Ironically, the same day the report was released, a threatening letter was sent to an Upper West Side synagogue threatening to blow it up on New Year’s Eve, according to the New York Post.
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