New York, New York, July 21, 2020…. ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) announced today that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the alleged antisemitic assault of a Jewish man in Brooklyn last Thursday. According to police and other reports, a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke was walking down the street while talking on the phone, when he was suddenly attacked and hit in his face with a bat or stick by an unknown individual. The violent assault resulted in several injuries to the victim’s face.
This was the second alleged violent antisemitic assault within a one-week timespan; in the afternoon of July 13, during Shabbat, another Jewish man was attacked when a group of men yelled antisemitic slurs from their car before getting out and pushing the victim to the ground and punching him repeatedly. ADL is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for that attack as well.
“We are alarmed and extremely concerned that two violent antisemitic assaults were reported in Brooklyn in one week”, said Alexander Rosemberg, ADL NY/NJ Deputy Regional Director. “These attacks remind us of the violence we saw in 2019, when ADL recorded 430 antisemitic incidents in New York including 35 assaults, most of which took place in Brooklyn. As the city is beginning to open up from COVID-related restrictions, we need to send an unequivocal message that these horrific and hate-motivated acts of violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We hope these rewards facilitate the swift apprehension of the individuals responsible for the latest attacks. We thank the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force for investigating.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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.