Brooklyn Community leaders and elected officials gathered in Crown Heights to condemn attacks on Jews. As reported on Sunday, a 50-year-old man was attacked after saying hello to a black person while walking home from Sabbath services.
The Jewish man was beaten and strangled, and anti-Semitic threats were yelled at him, according to the NYPD. The victim suffered a black eye, a broken rib, and scratches to his neck and back.
The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information on that attack, at Schenectady and Rutland Ave, as well as a separate incident on April 14 by the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in which an Orthodox Jewish man was punched in the face, leaving him with a broken nose.
New York City Mayor has condemned the attacks and released a statement via @nycmayor account on Twitter: “This city is a beacon of tolerance all over the world. Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers are deplorable, And the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating both incidents. Please contact police or call 1800 577 TIPS if you have any information.”
This city is a beacon of tolerance all over the world. Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers are deplorable, and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating both incidents. Please contact police or call 1-800-577-TIPS if you have any information.https://t.co/pvbkLhX1lA
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 23, 2018
“We did too much over the last 20 some odd years to bring the community together,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at a press conference on Monday, where the latest attack occurred.
“A hello should not turn into a hellish assault of an innocent person that was walking the street, extending his cordiality to what he thought was his fellow neighbor turned out to be an animal that would assault him in this manner.”
Councilman Deutsch thanked the NYPD for their ongoing investigation and has full confidence in the NYPD in catching the dangerous thugs that assaulted two innocent Jewish men minding their own business.
The question the Jewish community keeps on asking is how many more times politicians will give statements like, ” we will not tolerate this in New York.”
All we keep on seeing is constant antisemitism and attacks on Jews which result in meetings, press conferences, and more meetings and photo ops and then more attacks.
“Stop with the meetings and photo ops and give us cops,” is what one community leader said after the press conference.