Thousands take to New York streets in solidarity after anti-Semitic attacks

Thousands of people marched in New York City on Sunday in solidarity after a spate of anti-Semitic attacks across the region, including the stabbing of five people in Monsey, N.Y., last month at a Hanukkah celebration. 

Lawmakers joined protestors at the demonstration organized by dozens of advocacy and Jewish community groups chanting “No hate, no fear, our Jewish families are welcome here,” as they marched across lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Images and video clips shared on Twitter  showed thousands of people coming out in support of the protest of the rise in hate crimes against Jews. 

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The attack on the Hanukkah celebration in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community in the New York suburb followed reports of increasing anti-Semitism across the city and surrounding parts of the state. 

During the Sunday demonstration Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the state will provide $45 million in additional funding to protect religious-based institutions and non-public schools. 

New York City mayor Bill De Blasio and New York Sens. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D) were also at the demonstration. 

The rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes is not limited to New York; Los Angeles and Chicago are also set to hit an 18-year peak, The New York Times reports citing an upcoming report from Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.