New York Children Caught Smashing Synagogue's Window During Rosh Hashanah Prayers: 'Shocking Act of Hate'

Police in New York have launched a hate crime investigation after a group of children were seen smashing a synagogue window during a Jewish New Year service.

The juvenile suspects were captured on surveillance footage hurling a crate at the synagogue at 89 Throop Avenue in the Williamsburg area of the city on Monday, September 30.

The group then run away, before one of them returns to pick up the crate again to throw at the place of worship while a second picks up another object and hurls at the building.

The incident occurred during Rosh Hashanah prayers. The NYPD have launched an appeal to find the suspects, accused of criminal mischief.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as a "shocking act of hate" while tweeting a link to the video.

"We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible. If you have any information, share it with the NYPD," he added. "Officers are protecting religious institutions during High Holy Days, and we'll keep our Jewish community safe."

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he has directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD with their investigation.

"I am disgusted and enraged by yet another anti-Semitic act of vandalism, the desecration of a synagogue in Williamsburg over Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar," Cuomo added. "It is simply unconscionable.

"This incident unfortunately underscores the need for State Police to increase their patrols around houses of worship during the Jewish high holidays this year.

"In New York we have no tolerance for hate and I continue to join with our Jewish community and work to ensure the new year is one of peace, protection and well-being."

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it was "deeply disturbed" by the video.

"At a time when the Brooklyn Jewish community is already on edge in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic incidents, it is extremely upsetting to see this congregation targeted during what is otherwise supposed to be a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year," said Evan Bernstein, the regional director of ADL New York-New Jersey.

According to the most recent NYPD statistics, there were 152 reports of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city in 2019 as of September 1, a 63 percent increase compared to the 93 reported in the same period last year.

Overall, the city saw a 41 percent increase in hate crime reports as of September 2019 compared to the previous year.

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The suspects smashed a synagogue window on Throop Avenue, Williamsburg, during Rosh Hashanah prayers. NYPD
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