Here in the United States, federal officials say there’s been a spike in hate crimes and threats against Jewish, Arab and Muslim communities since Israel began its assault on Gaza in response to Hamas’s attack on October 7. In New York, the FBI is investigating violent threats against Jewish student organizations on the Cornell University campus. New York Governor Kathy Hochul visited Cornell Monday, promising the state would boost efforts to monitor social media for antisemitic hate speech. In Nevada, police have arrested a Las Vegas man who allegedly left voicemails that included antisemitic comments and threats of violence against Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen, who is Jewish.
In Illinois, a 71-year-old landlord accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder and hate crime charges. The boy’s name was Wadea al-Fayoume. His mother Hanaan Shahin was left hospitalized with serious injuries from the assault. The landlord reportedly shouted, “You Muslims must die!” during the attack.