New York, NY, August 30, 2019…ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) expressed deep concern following an alleged second violent assault of an Orthodox Jewish man in Crown Heights, Brooklyn this week. According to police and media reports, a group of youths allegedly threw an object at an Orthodox Jewish man while he was driving a truck near Prospect Place on Thursday, striking the victim in his eye and causing a laceration to his head. The incident follows a brutal attack earlier this week, during which an elderly Jewish man walking through Rochester Park in Crown Heights was violently assaulted with a brick.
“This is not normal, and it is not acceptable,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director. “The continued violence and hate directed towards visibly observant Jewish individuals in our community must stop now. No one in our city should have to live in fear simply because of who they are or how they worship.”
“This week, we barely had time to process one horrific assault, and the images of the victim’s blood-stained tzitzit that followed, before a second violent attack took place,” said Bernstein. “We must work with our partners in government and across communities to decisively change the dynamic on the ground. We are grateful to the NYPD Hate Crime Unit for investigating.”
ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at www.adl.org.