New York State Attorney General Letitia James

Elected New York Prosecutors Unite Against Antisemitism

Last month, all 62 District Attorneys in the state of New York, and the New York State Attorney General, individually signed a joint statement reassuring their constituents of their public safety priorities while pledging to prosecute and investigate hate-motivated threats or violence in response to the recent string of antisemitic incidents in New York City.

“As law enforcement and elected leaders in New York, we have a responsibility to assure the communities that we serve that their safety is paramount. Recently, there has been an escalation of targeted threats and attacks on Jewish communities and individuals, including threats to Jewish riders on the New York City subway system, vandalism targeting the homes of Jewish board members of the Brooklyn Museum, and antisemitic signs and chants during a gathering outside a memorial in New York City to victims killed at the Nova music festival, which caused the exhibit to be locked down.

“These acts have left large segments of our communities–both Jews and non-Jews–scared for their safety and that of their families and neighbors. No New Yorker should fear for their safety for any reason, and especially because of who they are.

“We support the rights of all New Yorkers to lawfully and peacefully gather and protest, but we want to reassure all communities, including Jewish ones, that we will understand the fear and pledge to investigate and prosecute all hate crimes and acts of violence or threats of violence based on the facts and to the fullest extent possible under the law.”