Rising Violent Crime Includes Spike In Anti-Semitic Hate
‘In just the first two weeks after October 7th, the rate of anti-Semitic violence against American Jews nearly quadrupled.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding anti-Semitic violence:
“While the United States and our allies face terrorist and authoritarian violence abroad, the American people continue to face waves of unchecked violence here at home.
“Just last month, a member of our colleague Senator Britt’s staff was robbed at gunpoint right outside of her apartment building. Thankfully, this young woman was not injured. But stories like hers have become all too common in our nation’s capital.
“According to Washington Metropolitan Police, robbery in the city has increased by 70% this year, and motor vehicle theft is up 101%.
“And in the midst of rising violent crime, a particularly alarming spate of anti-Semitic violence has come to a head in the wake of October 7th. In New York City, authorities have recorded 66 antisemitic hate crimes in just the last month.
“On October 14, exactly one week after Hamas’ deadly attack, a 29-year-old woman was beaten on the subway in Manhattan. The attacker reportedly told the victim that the reason for his attack was because, ‘you are Jewish.’
“A Jewish deli in the city was vandalized with multiple images of the swastika symbol.
“And of course, murderous threats against Jewish students at Cornell University have prompted an FBI investigation.
“In just the first two weeks after October 7th, the rate of anti-Semitic violence against American Jews nearly quadrupled. The American left has gone out of its way to downplay the threats they face with everything from ‘both-sides’ statements to outright incitement.
“Madam President, all Americans deserve to feel safe in their homes and in their communities. It’s long past time for Democrats to take the historic waves of violence in America seriously.”
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