May 27, 2024


The unsettling incident at “Hummus Kitchen” was caused by Mayra Teke, a resident of Paterson, New Jersey.

Her motivation is yet unknown, but her actions add to a worrying pattern of rising antisemitic incidents in the US.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that there was an extraordinary surge in antisemitic incidents in the two months following the deadly attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists.

Between October 7 and December 7, 2,031 instances of antisemitism were reported nationwide by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a 337% increase over the same period in 2022. Antisemitic marches, assaults, vandalism, and verbal abuse were most frequently linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reports that hate crimes committed against Muslims and Arabs also saw a discernible uptick throughout this period.

Beyond singular events like Teke’s, the ADL has documented a troubling pattern of intimidation and destruction aimed at Israeli or Jewish-owned enterprises.

The distressing incident at “Hummus Kitchen” is an example of the more serious issues that communities face as a result of the heightened tensions brought on by international conflicts.

In an environment where discriminatory incidents are on the rise.



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