New York, NY, December 5, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was deeply disturbed by the attack of a Muslim NYPD officer and her son in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.
According to reports, on December 3, Officer Aml Elsokary, who wears a hijab and was off duty at the time of the incident, was accosted along with her son by an assailant who shoved her son and yelled “ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!”
“We are disturbed and shocked that Officer Elsokary and her son were subjected to apparent hate-fueled threats and bigotry,” said Evan R. Bernstein, New York Regional Director. “Officer Elsokary risks her safety and well-being every day for the City of New York and her community. Attacks and threats against her and her son are completely unacceptable and have absolutely no place in our neighborhoods. We stand with Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD in condemning this heinous crime.”
ADL recently expressed concern over the wave of anti-Semitic vandalism across New York State after the 2016 presidential election, and has responded to several incidents of hate including the vandalism of a prayer room for Muslim students at New York University in Brooklyn.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Follow us on Twitter: @ADL_NY