Three Decades after the Crown Heights Riots, Anti-Semitic Violence Still Flies beneath the Radar

On August 19, 1991, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, a young Lubavitch Ḥasid lost control of his car, causing the death of a seven-year-old child of Guyanese immigrants. The accident—thanks in part to the incitement of Al Sharpton and other anti-Semitic agitators—sparked a three-day pogrom in which Jewish shops were destroyed, Jews were physically attacked, and one young Jew was fatally stabbed. Charles Fain Lehman notes what has changed since then, and what hasn’t:

[T]he three-decade interlude has not brought an end to anti-Semitic attacks against Crown Heights residents. Since 2019, there have been twenty anti-Jewish hate crimes in the surrounding 71st precinct, the fourth most for any single NYPD precinct. That includes multiple incidents of aggressive harassment, three robberies, two assaults, and one instance of “terroristic threats.” As before, gangs of roving teenagers still feel comfortable beating Jewish men in broad daylight.

[Yet] the reality of anti-Semitic crime continues to receive little notice. Even as tens of thousands rally against other forms of hatred, anti-Semitism remains the blind spot. In New York, anti-Semitic hate crimes surged this summer after a year of abeyance, with over 120 offenses reported by the end of June. A recently released repeat offender attacked an Orthodox family with a knife; a minivan driver tried to run over five ḥasidic men; and four synagogues were vandalized in the Riverdale neighborhood.

New York City, though home to the plurality of anti-Semitic hate crimes, was not alone in seeing a new wave of anti-Jewish hate over the past three years. The Anti-Defamation League found that 2019 was the worst year for anti-Semitic incidents since it began keeping records. Nationwide, such offenses increased in all but one year between 2014 and 2019. FBI data show that Jews are the religious group most likely to be victimized by hate crimes; only gay men and transgender people have a higher rate of victimization relative to their share of the population.

Anti-Semitic violence, in other words, has risen everywhere. Coming after a year in which more Americans than ever expressed vocal opposition to prejudice, one would expect a media bonanza, protests nationwide, and congressional action. . . . Just as apathy toward their views gives cover to anti-Semites on the left and right, so too does denial of the continuing reality of anti-Semitic violence give permission to the mob to keep beating and killing Jews just for the crime of being Jewish.

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Brooklyn, Chabad

Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security