By COLlive reporter
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is planning to stand alongside representatives of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council to denounce a pair of recent assaults against Jewish men in Crown Heights.
Joining them will be advocacy organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and local elected officials such as Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel and Laurie Cumbo.
They will speak out at the corner of Rutland Road and Schenectady Avenue on Monday 4:30 PM, where a 50-year-old man walking home on Saturday afternoon from Shabbos services at a nearby synagogue encountered an attacker that allegedly beat and strangled him after screaming anti-Semitic threats at him.
Both incidents are being investigated as possible hate crimes by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
Adams’ office said he plans to ask for the public’s assistance in catching this assailant, as well as the assailants who allegedly assaulted a 42-year-old man on Eastern Parkway near Brooklyn Avenue in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 14th.
The Anti-Defamation League announced on Sunday that it is offering $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the individuals responsible for both attacks, JTA reported.
“We unequivocally condemn these senseless assaults,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director.
“We appreciate the leadership of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force who are investigating these assaults as hate crimes. Hopefully these rewards will encourage anyone who may have seen something to come forward.”
ADL tracked 11 incidents of assaults motivated by anti-Semitism across New York State in 2017, seven of which occurred in Brooklyn. Statewide, incidents of anti-Semitism jumped over 90 percent in 2017, JTA said.