NYPD reports alarming 135% spike in NYC hate crimes in October amid Israel-Hamas conflict

New York City saw a 135% increase in hate crimes in October compared to September, with significant increases in bias incidents against Jews and Muslims, the NYPD reported on Wednesday.

The NYPD recorded 101 hate crime incidents in October, up from 43 in September and 45 in October 2022. The significant majority of those, at 69 incidents, were against Jews, with antisemitic hate crimes up 331% over September and 214% over October of last year.

The city also saw eight Islamophobic hate crimes in October, a 700% increase over September and 800% increase over last October.

The increase in hate crimes comes in the aftermath of Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attack on southern Israel, where militants from Gaza massacred some 1,400 Israelis and abducted about 200 hostages. It also comes amid Israel’s aggressive military response in Gaza, which has seen more than 10,000 Palestinians killed, including about 4,000 children.