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