The Big Apple is feeling the heat of recent Middle East conflicts, with hate crimes against Jews and Muslims up sharply this summer.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the city jumped 35 percent as of Sept. 9, compared to 2013. There were 63 incidents in 2013 and 85 this year. Violent anti-Semitic assaults more than doubled, from three to eight.
Crimes included an Upper East Side couple attacked by a gang with Palestinian flags.
Hate crimes jumped 15% citywide in 2014, from 173 last year to 203 incidents.
“They are up in two communities – the Muslim community and the Jewish community,” Robert Boyce, the NYPD Chief of Detectives, told a City Council hearing this week, adding that “actions that are happening globally, are affecting us here as well.”
Since July, the Middle East has seen Hamas rockets fired at Israel, Israel’s return airstrikes on Gaza and the beheading of two American journalists by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.
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