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Ex-N.Y. Cop Arrested For Anti-Semitic Graffiti

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A former New York policeman was arrested for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Hate Crimes Undercount Feared

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Jews were the targets of far more religion-based hate crimes than any other group in 2012, according to just-released statistics from the FBI.

Hate crimes, like this vandalism in Alexandria, Va., are declining according to reported numbers. Photo courtesy ADL

Thompson Calls For More Resources To Fight Hate Crimes

More cameras, better education could stem acts like Jackie Robinson vandalism, says mayoral contender.

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Calling for the "cowards" who defaced a statue of ballplayers Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in Coney Island last week to be arrested and punished to the fullest extent possible, former comtroller William Thompson on Monday called on the federal government to pay for more surveillance cameras and for schools to do more to teach against prejudice.

As mayor, William Thompson says he'll fight for more federal security funds. Adam Dickter

Hate Crimes Charges Against Suspect In Williamsburg Mezuzah Burnings


After extensive questioning, police have charged Ruben Ubiles, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant with burglary, arson and criminal mischief as felony hate crimes, as well as reckless damage and reckless endangerment, reports said Friday.

The New York Times said Ubiles had a prior arrest record for robbery, assault and drug possession.

Ubiles was apprehended by police based on surveillance footage at a Williamsburg housing project where a mezuzah was burned on Tuesday. According to some reports Ubiles posted on Facebook that he was annoyed about Jews setting fires on streetcorners, apparently referring to chasidim burning chametz before Passover.

On Thursday Ubiles was charged with an unrelated crime, criminal contempt in connection with a violation of a court order of protection obtained by his girlfriend, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told The Jewish Week. 

NYPD Photo of Rubin Ublies.

ADL Hails Drop in FBI Hate Crimes Stats, Though Still 'Far Too Many'


The Anti-Defamation League welcomed an FBI report showing a decrease in hate crimes over the past 10 years but said there were still “far too many” such crimes.

There were 6,222 hate crimes reported during 2011, according to the report released Monday. The year 2000 showed slightly more than 8,000 hate crimes.

The 2011 figure was a 6 percent decrease from 2010 and the least number of such crimes reported since 1994.

Hikind Slams Manhattan DA Over Hate Suspect's Bail


Two judges and the Manhattan district attorney were too soft on a man suspected of anti-Semitic hate crimes, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Thursday.

David Haddad was released on his own recognizance by Kings County Criminal Court Judge Linda Poust-Lopez, while New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Abraham Clott in Manhattan set bail at $2,500, which Hikind called " nothing short of shocking. Manhattan DA Cy Vance requested a bail of only $5,000. New Yorkers deserve an explanation."

Swastikas In Midwood; City Island Shul Burglarized


Vandals painted swastikas on the garage of a Jewish-owned house on East 5th Street in Midwood last weekend as well as on an apartment building across the street. The words "Die Jews" were also painted on the garage. A building of the Yeshiva of Brooklyn was also vandalized.

Suspect In N.J. Vandalism Of Jewish Stores Reportedly Is Jewish



A New Brunswick, N.J., man who was charged in the vandalism of several Jewish-owned shops in nearby Highland Park reportedly is Jewish.

The Swastika Dance

If you work in Jewish journalism long enough, certain stories begin to look like Mad Libs: Blocks of fixed text in which only the particulars are rearranged.

Examples: ______ calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard.   ________'s remarks about Hitler cause an uproar.

Concern Over Police Resources After Rash Of Hate Incidents

Community leaders on edge as budget cuts, Occupy Wall Street strain NYPD.

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After a week of shocking incidents, local Jewish leaders are doubtful that a wave of anti-Semitic hate is emerging in these troubled times.

But they are concerned about the ability of a strained police department with reduced numbers to keep up appropriate patrol strength in areas that have been hit with incidents such as the recent swastika vandalism in Brooklyn and Queens.

Vandals torched cars on Midwood’s Ocean Parkway early Friday. PHOTO BY VIN NEWS
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