The words ‘F*** Jews’ were spray-painted three times on a newly opened Israeli restaurant named Miriam on the Upper West Side in New York City on Thursday 17 February.
This antisemitic incident occurred at the same time as the Mayor, Eric Adams was scheduled to hold a meeting to address the increase of antisemitic incidents across the city. The NYPD hate crimes unit reported 22 hate crimes against Jews from 1st January to 1st February. This is compared to eight hate crimes in the same period in 2021.
New York State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal wrote that “My constituents woke up to hateful and disgusting antisemitic graffiti…I encourage our neighbours to support Miriam.”
Mark Levine, the President of the Borough of Manhattan, called the incident “disgusting” and said that “we can’t accept this as normal.”