Manhattan Borough President
The Borough President was joined by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis, Ron Meier of the Anti-Defamation League, Michael Landau, the Chairman of the West Side Council of Jewish Organizations, Shira Loewenberg of AJC New York, and Rabbi Abe Friedman, a Law Enforcement Chaplain.
“This appalling incident is not isolated,” said Stringer.
“Anti-Semitic hate crimes have been spreading like cancer throughout the five
boroughs. According to news reports, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is actively
investigating this incident and we are grateful for their efforts. But
“When this kind of outrageous attack takes place, it doesn’t
just harm the Jewish community – it is an attack on all of us,” Borough
President Stringer continued. “
Multiple incidents of anti-Semitic attacks have taken place
over the last four months in
1/9/12– Four swastikas found scrawled on Midtown business storefronts 1/4/12– Three violent attacks against Orthodox Jews in Midwood, including the mugging of a prominent rabbi 11/28/11– Anti-Semitic graffiti painted on windshield of car in , Marine Park Brooklyn 11/26/11– Swastika found scrawled on building – the second of its kind found in 9 days Williamsburg 11/22/11– Man stabbed on F train subway platform by two men who shouted anti-Semitic slurs 11/16/11– Brooklyn Subway station for Avenue J defaced with “Avenue JEW” graffiti 11/11/11– Multiple cars set on fire and defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in Midwood, Brooklyn 11/4/11– Hateful graffiti found on multiple sidewalks in , Williamsburg Brooklyn 10/14/11– Two anti-Semitic letters sent to the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan
The Borough President today urged the NYPD to release hate
crimes statistics for 2011 to determine the degree to which this has been
rising throughout all parts of
“This ongoing escalation in anti-Semitic hate crimes must be vigorously denounced and investigated with the full force of our law enforcement," said Congressman Jerry Nadler. "The motivations behind this recent uptick are unclear, but the fact remains that all anti-Semitism and bigotry targeting Jews or others is anathema to our society and totally unacceptable. I join my friends -- Jewish and otherwise -- in condemning the perpetrators and pushing for their apprehension.”
"The recent string of hate-crimes and vandalism targeting Jews throughout New York City do not represent our values as a community, nor as a nation," said Congressman Charles Rangel. "As Americans, we are united by our diversity and respect for our neighbors. Violence has no place in a civil society like ours."
"This is a country of tolerance," New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. "The individuals who committed these acts of vandalism should be held fully accountable and pay for their actions. We must have a zero tolerance policy for these terrible acts.”
"New Yorkers are people of all races and faiths, and we've come here from every corner of the globe,” said State Senator Liz Kreuger. “Hate and intolerance have no place in our city. Any incident like this one, no matter how isolated, demands we stand up against bigotry."
“Anti-Semitic vandalism is an act
of bigotry and intolerance. Make no mistake, it's a threat against
“It's important to take opportunities like this to come together as a community to say that the kinds of violence, hatred, and bigotry that the swastika represents have no place in our society,” said Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh.
“We cannot allow acts of anti-Semitism or any other prejudice to go unpunished. After all, our diversity is what makes this city so wonderful,” said Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner. “I want to thank Borough President Stringer for bringing attention to these heinous acts of discrimination and showing the perpetrators this behavior will not stand.”
“As we approach our annual commemoration of the memory and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we cannot be silent in the face of atrocity,” said Council Member Inez E. Dickens. “This is atrocity. I applaud Borough President Stringer for his swift action in speaking out against defamation of any kind.”
“Hate crimes, specifically anti-Semitic vandalism will not
be tolerated in
“It is hard to believe that we must come together again to condemn yet another anti-Semitic incident, and the intolerant and hateful individuals who commit these crimes,” said Councilmember Brad Lander. “People from all communities and all backgrounds must work together to investigate, arrest and convict those who are responsible for these horrendous acts, and I thank Manhattan Borough President Stinger for convening us together today.”
“One of the most
discouraging and disgusting examples of hate in our City is the recent rash of
anti-Semitic vandalism in
“Swastikas are primal symbols of hate which tear into the fabric of society,” said Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. “The most effective response to such acts is to expose the hatemongers and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. The record of the NYPD and the Hate Crimes Task Force is exemplary. We have every faith that they will pursue the evidence wherever it leads and bring this case, and similar recent ones, to justice.”
“Hate crimes, including vandalism directed at the Jewish
community, cannot be tolerated and UJA-Federation stands with Borough President
Stringer in his effort to combat anti-Semitism across the City,” said Cara
Berkowitz, Director of City and Federal Affairs for UJA-Federation of
“Sadly, we have learned that hate has no boundaries,” said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis. “It may begin with Jews as victims but it does not stop there. Thus, all of us must stand together and speak with one voice against those who do not respect the human family.”
“We are outraged and dismayed by these despicable
anti-Semitic incidents,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director. “This
episode is just the latest in a series of deeply troubling acts of hatred and
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