Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Swastika Graffitti Up 76% Since Trump Election, Says NYC Police

Since the 2016 presidential election, swastikas have been more prevalent in New York and New Jersey, Gothamist reported.

From 2016 to 2018, swastika vandalism rose 76 percent, according to the New York City Police Department. It also noted there was a notable increase after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in October. The hate symbols have been visible on train stations in Queens, parked cars in Brooklyn and a Jewish Community Center in Staten Island. A large one was drawn in the grass in Staten Island. Middle schools and colleges proved to be major targets, and many sidewalks and sculptures were defaced. People’s doors were tagged while they were home.

John Esmerado, an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey with experience in the matter, told Gothamist that swastikas were present in ten of the 21 bias crimes in Union County in 2018 — up from five such incidents the year before. There were only three in 2015.

There were 189 anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City last year, an increase of 23 percent from the year before, NYPD Hate Crime Task Force Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari told Gothamist. Of those, 150 featured swastikas.

New Jersey officials are missing data after 2016, when 70 incidences were reported. A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Attorney General said a plan will be put in place to record and release this information as it happens.

Drawing a swastika is a felony in New York State, Gothamist reported. In New Jersey, it’s called an “indictable crime” — punishment is on a case-by-case situation.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.