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New York State takes comprehensive action to fight antisemitism

Gov. Kathy Hochul: “I feel a solemn responsibility to protect and uplift New York's vibrant, diverse Jewish communities.”

A sign from a rally in New York City against antisemitism on Jan. 5, 2020. Credit Christopher Penler/Shutterstock.
A sign from a rally in New York City against antisemitism on Jan. 5, 2020. Credit Christopher Penler/Shutterstock.

In response to the Biden administration’s new national strategy to counter antisemitism, the U.S. state with the highest Jewish population outside of Israel presented a wave of plans utilizing multiple entities, including the creation of an Anti-Hate in Education Center, hate-crime seminars for law enforcement and an Office of Mental Health campaign.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the series of initiatives on Tuesday at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

The announcement came in the midst of the High Holiday season.

Others involved in the state’s plan include the Division of Human Rights, which aims to improve collecting information on incidents of hate and bias; and the Office of Victim Services to expand help for victims of antisemitic crimes.

“No one should have to fear for their safety while going to their place of work, going to school, or just walking the streets,” Hochul said. “It has always been my top priority to keep the people of New York safe, and we will continue taking action to fight antisemitism and use every tool at our disposal to eliminate hate and bias from our communities.”

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