Sampling of Select Incidents Across N.Y State in 2017:


  • Swastika spray-painted on a synagogue’s front doors (October);
  • Swastikas drawn on subway car doors (December);
  • A swastika was carved into seat on a subway car (August);
  • A Jewish woman’s mezuzah was ripped from her doorpost, smashed and strewn across the floor (May and October);
  • A woman discovered a Star of David and a swastika drawn with black marker on a window pane in a public building (September);
  • Swastikas were drawn in marker on the exterior wall of a bank (June).


  • Kosher bakery received anti-Semitic flyers (October);
  • A synagogue was burglarized and vandalized with fire extinguisher (July);
  • Two swastikas were discovered drawn on the sidewalk outside a Jewish school (September);
  • An Orthodox Jewish woman was assaulted with her wig was pulled off (September);
  • An Orthodox Jewish man was attacked and assailed with anti-Jewish language (January);
  • A man claiming to be a police officer shouted an anti-Semitic slur and threatened a Jewish man at a gas station (April).


  • Anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray-painted on Jewish family’s home (September);
  • Anti-Semitic graffiti was found in school locker room (May)


  • Swastikas drawn on an MTA map (December);
  • Swastikas drawn on slides at a playground (November);
  • Glass panes on front doors of orthodox synagogue were shattered (August);
  • A Swastika and the phrase “No Jews” were discovered in a bathroom at a K-8 school (May);
  • A sign at JFK Airport was vandalized to read: “Any problem with Jews please call…” (June).

Staten Island:

  • Jewish woman’s garage door defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti including a large swastika and the word “Kike,” (October)
  • Vandalism at a Jewish camp that included swastikas and the message “Hail Satan,” (July)
  • Swastika drawn in hallway of academic building (November).

Long Island:

  • Playground equipment defaced with swastikas and other racist messages (October);
  • Graffiti including swastikas, anti-Semitic messages and gang graffiti were found at public high school (August);
  • Two swastikas were painted on a private home (February);
  • Swastika drawing was discovered on an elementary school playground (August);
  • A Student’s textbook was defaced with scores of swastikas (March).


  • Anti-Semitic hate literature was left outside a Jewish institution (September);
  • A bomb threat was called in to a Jewish Community Center (February);
  • Vandals smashed a synagogue’s signs (February);
  • Swastika and “F*** the Jews” were found drawn on wall of middle school restroom (March);
  • Swastikas were drawn on seats of a school bus (January).


  • White supremacist flyers found on campus that read: “Just say no to Jewish lies,” (October)
  • Anti-Semitic and racist flyers were found on a university campus on Holocaust Remembrance Day (April);
  • A Jewish cemetery was vandalized with tombstones toppled (March);
  • A Jewish pedestrian assailed by driver: “Go back to where you came from, f***ing Jew,” (March);
  • A for-sale house was vandalized with graffiti reading “no Jews” and “no J” (May);
  • Swastikas and the words “get out” were discovered spray-painted along a fence bordering Hassidic Jewish village (February);
  • A Jewish student discovered multiple swastikas drawn and carved on desks in high school library (January).


The ADL Audit includes both criminal and non-criminal acts of harassment and intimidation, including distribution of hate propaganda, threats, and slurs. Compiled using information provided by victims, law enforcement, and community leaders, and evaluated by ADL’s professional staff, the Audit provides a regular snapshot of one specific aspect of a nationwide problem while identifying possible trends or changes in the types of activity reported. This information assists ADL in developing and enhancing its programs to counter and prevent the spread of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.


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