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ADL Expresses Deep Concern After Recent Series of Assaults Against the Orthodox Jewish Community in Brooklyn

  • October 14, 2018

New York, NY, October 14th, 2018…Today, ADL (Anti-Defamation League) expressed deep concern following a series of violent assaults against members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn this month.

The most recent incident took place early this morning in Boro Park, Brooklyn.  According to reports, an Orthodox Jewish man was walking to synagogue when his attacker stopped his vehicle, ran towards the victim, and began to repeatedly beat him.  When a second Orthodox Jewish man tried to come to the first victim’s aid, he was chased down the street by the alleged perpetrator.


Evan Bernstein, ADL’s New York / New Jersey Regional Director, issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disturbed by and unequivocally condemn this horrific attack, and thank the New York City Police Department and its Hate Crimes Task Force for taking swift action in this case and for investigating a bias motive. Brooklyn is a community of great diversity, and incidents like these can damage the fabric of our society and fragment communities,” continued Bernstein. “We will continue to offer our support in responding to hate, so that New York City remains safe and inclusive for all.”


So far in 2018, ADL has tracked 11 anti-Semitic assaults in New York State, 8 of which occurred in Brooklyn. Statewide, ADL tracked a 90% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, compared to 2016.

Earlier this month, two Jewish men were assaulted in Crown Heights following celebrations of the religious holiday Simchat Torah.  ADL has been in contact with NYPD and the community in the aftermath of these attacks.


Anyone with information concerning these assaults is urged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.


The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias curricula for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.
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