By Forum Staff
Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday convened a meeting with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith and community leaders in the wake of a recent spike in hate crimes across both the Jewish and Muslim communities since Oct. 7, 2023 — when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. In the five weeks since the attacks, tensions have risen across NYC and the rest of the globe, unfortunately leading to a rise in hate crimes in certain communities. Adams brought these leaders together on Tuesday to discuss how to fight hate within the five boroughs and how New Yorkers can work together to create a safer, more accepting New York.
“There is no place for hate in our city and we need all of our houses of worship to come together in this moment and talk about how we bring light into the darkness that we are all experiencing,” Adams said. “This is a very painful moment we are all going through, and I don’t have all the answers, which is why hearing from our faith leaders is so crucial. I’m hoping this circle of dialogue and mutual respect continues to grow as we navigate all that is happening across our planet. I firmly believe that what plays out in the international arena mirrors what plays out on the streets of New York City because we are such an international community. Our biggest strength is our diversity, but lately, I have seen that strength slipping away. I am proud we are showing not only the country, but the globe, that even in these difficult moments we are still able to lean into the strength of our diversity.”