Daily Israel Report

Anti-Semitism in Brooklyn Reaches New Heights

Lawmakers expressed outrage over the recent escalation of anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn, N.Y.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 6/20/2012, 8:33 PM

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Council Member Michael C. Nelson along with Council Member Lew Fidler and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein expressed outrage and shock over the recent escalation of anti-Semitic vandalism and assaults in Brooklyn, New York, BrooklynScoop reported.

Last week, a van and a light pole were sprayed with swastikas on East Second Street in Kensington. The discovery came just days after swastikas were found on six separate locations in nearby Borough Park.  

On Tuesday, reports were released revealing that the windows of more than a dozen vehicles were shot out by a pellet gun and a synagogue was defaced with graffiti that spelled out an abusive epithet directed at Jews.

“Even more barbaric is what happened this past Friday evening to an orthodox man on his way home from Shul,” said Councilman Nelson. “The man was brutally assaulted simply because he is a Jew.”

Last week, a group of teenagers assaulted a man in Brooklyn as he walked home from temple, screaming “dirty Jews” and “dirty Kike.”

“I am speechless that such acts of hate and violence, which harken back to what the Nazis did, are occurring right here in communities that boldly pride themselves on their rich diversity,” Councilman Nelson asserted. “We are a civilized society and must not tolerate hate crimes of any kind. Anti-Semitism is not just an attack on members of the Jewish faith; it is an attack on everyone.”

“We must therefore ALL stand united to tackle this problem in a way that discourages such reprehensible, cowardly acts,” Nelson added.

“I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in our neighborhood. I am pleased that the NYPD has agreed to our demand for increase patrols and thank Shomrim for stepping up their presence, as well. We are going to both nip this in the bud and bring these thugs to justice,” said Councilman Lew Fidler.

Councilman Michael C. Nelson noted that the incidents are currently under investigation by the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit.

“I am appalled by this reprehensible action of Anti-Semitism. This bias incident will not be tolerated,” asserted Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein upon hearing about Friday night’s attack.