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Antisemitic hate crimes in NYC are on the rise, NYPD figures show

NEW YORK — Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City more than doubled last month from a year ago, New York Police Department data show — a troubling trend that unfolded against a backdrop of high-profile figures making headlines for remarks targeting Jewish people.

The five boroughs had 45 antisemitic crimes in November compared with 20 in November 2021, according to newly released NYPD statistics.

The 125% jump came the same month two men were busted for plotting to shoot up a city synagogue. Meanwhile, the musician Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has unleashed a steady stream of antisemitic and Hitler-praising remarks online and in interviews in recent weeks.

Closer to home, Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team” after posting a link to an antisemitic movie on social media. Given the prevalence of hateful speech in the public sphere, former Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield called the increase in antisemitic attacks “sad, but not surprising.”

—New York Daily News

 

Feds say life in prison 'sufficient' for Whitmer kidnap plotter

DETROIT — A life prison sentence for Adam Fox, a convicted ringleader of a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is sufficient for trying to "light the fire of a second revolution," federal prosecutors said late Monday.

The maximum penalty could help deter terrorism and widespread, anti-government, militia extremism that has flared in the two years since Fox and a group plotted to kidnap Whitmer, angered by the governor's pandemic restrictions, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

The memo was filed one week before the 39-year-old Potterville resident is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Grand Rapids for heading a plot that represented the largest domestic terrorism case in a generation that has shed light on political extremism in Michigan.

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