Across the country, hate crimes against minority communities are on the rise. In a recent incident, a woman was arrested Jan. 21 after allegedly threatening and spitting on a group of Jewish children in New York, authorities said. While the children were not injured, the children’s father told CBS New York that his kids remained distraught after the incident.
Surveillance footage released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) depicted the incident occurring outside of a synagogue in Brooklyn. In the video, the woman is seen storming up to three children and then spitting on them.
Identified as 21-year-old Christina Darling, the woman was charged with multiple counts, including aggravated harassment as a hate crime, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and menacing as a hate crime, the NYPD told CNN. According to officials, the woman not only spat on the children but also made “anti-Jewish statements.”
“Hitler should have killed you all,” police said the woman told the children, according to The Washington Post. “I’ll kill you and know where you live.”
The incident follows a pattern of antisemitic incidents nationwide. Just a day after Darling spat on the children, four people, including a rabbi, were held hostage at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, during Sabbath services.
Additionally, antisemitic flyers were also found outside the homes of hundreds in Miami Beach this week, Local News 10 reported. Titled “Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” the flyers, contained in a plastic bag with small pebbles, listed the names of Jewish officials who work at government health agencies and for pharmaceutical companies. The flyers blamed these individuals for the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Detectives are looking into the origin of the flyers, the Miami Beach Police Department announced on Twitter Sunday. Patrols have also been dispatched in neighborhoods and at religious institutions, authorities said.
“There is no place for hate in our community and it will not be tolerated,” the department said in a separate tweet.
Similar flyers have been previously found in California and Texas, according to local news reports. According to the Anti-Defamation League, at least nine reported incidents of antisemitism have occurred across the U.S. since the start of 2022.
“The 2020 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents documents alarmingly high levels of antisemitism in the United States, which require a concerted whole-of-society response,” the Anti-Defamation League said in its annual report. “When one individual is targeted by a hate crime, it hurts the whole community, and leaves people feeling vulnerable and afraid.”