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June 23, 2015 5:10 pm

ADL Horrified Over Antisemitic Assault of Jewish Man in Staten Island

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The Anti-Defamation League “expressed horror” on Tuesday over the antisemitic assault of a Jewish man in Staten Island earlier this week by three teenagers who apparently threw a rock, called out anti-Jewish slurs and threatened to kill.

“If the reports are accurate, this incident is terribly disturbing because it was clearly motivated by anti-Semitic animus, and particularly troubling due to the young age of the assailants,” said Evan R. Bernstein, the ADL New York regional director.

“Such a horrific assault leaves an immensely searing impact, and we call on community and religious leaders, elected officials and public figures in the wake of this appalling incident to make clear that there is absolutely no room for attacks on any member of the community because of their faith,” said Bernstein.

On Monday, police announced that three teenagers had been arrested on hate crime charges after attacking a man wearing a yarmulke in Meiers Corners on Sunday night. The eldest of the three, Kareem Cook, 17, of Stapleton, was carrying a kitchen knife when officers from the NYPD stopped him SI Live reported. An NYPD spokesman said he was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the report. The other two arrested were 15-year-old minors, so police did not release their names.

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According to initial police reports, the three teenagers began heckling the man from a bus stop just a few blocks from Young Israel of Staten Island, an Orthodox synagogue. As he neared, they surrounded him and threatened to beat him up, noting the yarmulke on his head.

Earlier this month the NYPD noted a 29 percent increase in antisemitic crimes committed this year so far compared to 2014, at 53 acts. But the ADL played down the announcement, noting that most incidents were “low-level, non-violent offenses,” and not “a cause for alarm.”

The ADL said Staten Island suffered 14 antisemitic incidents in 2014, though New York State experienced a 14% increase, including 147 acts citywide.

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  • Andrew silvestri

    I think these young people taught to get along with all pexplore have list touch with youth speaking explaining about be good person important helping p eery pole not looking for trouble it we get you killed in prison lead to dead end road parents should be aware and get in involved with life’s more

  • Howard Crystal

    Weak,pussified Israeli responses,to these murderous actions against the Jews,which are not adequately responded to,only further encourage these bast–ds!!

  • Esther Noodelman

    HOW MANY MORE JEWS HAVE TO BE BEATEN UP & KILLED BEFORE YOU WAKE UP AND CALL IN THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE..ARE YOU AFRAID WE MIGHT HURT THE ENEMY?

  • DocReality

    The ADL is a farce with Abe Foxman in the lead role.

    • Esther Noodelman

      AS LONG AS WE HAVE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE JDL & JEWISH FEDERATIONS THAT REFUSE TO TAKE A STAND WHEN OUR JEWISH LIVES ARE BEING THREATENED OR INJUSTICE IS BLATANT ANTI-SEMITISM AS IN THE CASE OF JONATHAN POLLARD WHERE WE NEVER,EVER OPENLY DEMAND HIS RELEASE,THESE ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSEVES FOR NOT BEING A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS.THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN IS MONEY.WHILE MONEY IS A MUCH NEEDED FACTOR,THE VALUE OF SPEAKING OUT IS CRUCIAL.IF THAT IS NOT THEIR MANDATE,ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO WISH TO SPEAK OUT VS, ANTI-SEMITISM AND NOT STIFLE AND PUT ROADBLOCKS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE MORAL COURAGE TO STAND UP TO BLATANT ANTI-SEMITISM.GET ONATHAN POLLARD RELEASED TODAY ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.YOU PUT HIM THERE.GET HIM OUT!!!

      • You are so right! Every Jew should also know Krav Magah. When they think the Jews are weak, that’s when they hit. Notice how they go in groups, because alone they’re a bunch of cowards. Yimach Shimum.

  • Marc Leslie Kagan

    Send Kareem Cook back to Africa where he belongs with his two under age friends the world would be a much better place. Plus I would love to see how far they get in Africa.

  • David Levavi

    Screw Obama-suckup Foxman and the ADL. Likewise the NYPD which stood down for three days during the Crown Heights rioting. Time for stalwart young Jews of Staten Island to form a shomrim unit and begin patrolling.

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