New York City’s Mayor Vows to Crack Down on Anti-Semitic Assaults

Following a recent spate of attacks against Jews in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has pledged to devote serious effort to finding the perpetrators and restoring security. Governor Kathy Hochul has promised to assist in the investigations.

Over the weekend, vandals scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a dental lab, while others smashed the windshield of a school-bus with Hebrew lettering on the side. Upon learning about the graffiti, Adams released a statement saying that “this would be disgusting anytime but it’s especially outrageous as we come to the end of Shabbos. We won’t let this vicious hatred go unanswered in our city.” Luke Tress reports:

A slew of anti-Jewish incidents in the New York region in recent weeks has included numerous acts of vandalism such as spray-painting swastikas, verbal abuse, blasting Jews with snow, spitting on children, and physical violence. On Sunday in Crown Heights, an assailant hit a Jewish man in the face while passing him on the street, knocking off his hat. He was detained by a volunteer patrol group and then arrested.

Saturday reports said a police crossing guard in Manhattan’s Upper West Side was fired earlier in the month for making anti-Semitic comments against Jewish parents and children.

“Push your Jewish kids into the street and get hit by a bus,” she told one parent.

Read more at Times of Israel

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Hamas’s Hostage Diplomacy

Ron Ben-Yishai explains Hamas’s current calculations:

Strategically speaking, Hamas is hoping to add more and more days to the pause currently in effect, setting a new reality in stone, one which will convince the United States to get Israel to end the war. At the same time, they still have most of the hostages hidden in every underground crevice they could find, and hope to exchange those with as many Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners currently in Israeli prisons, planning on “revitalizing” their terrorist inclinations to even the odds against the seemingly unstoppable Israeli war machine.

Chances are that if pressured to do so by Qatar and Egypt, they will release men over 60 with the same “three-for-one” deal they’ve had in place so far, but when Israeli soldiers are all they have left to exchange, they are unlikely to extend the arrangement, instead insisting that for every IDF soldier released, thousands of their people would be set free.

In one of his last speeches prior to October 7, the Gaza-based Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar said, “remember the number one, one, one, one.” While he did not elaborate, it is believed he meant he wants 1,111 Hamas terrorists held in Israel released for every Israeli soldier, and those words came out of his mouth before he could even believe he would be able to abduct Israelis in the hundreds. This added leverage is likely to get him to aim for the release for all prisoners from Israeli facilities, not just some or even most.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Gaza War 2023, Hamas, Israeli Security