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Reply #60 posted 01/01/20 1:21pm

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New York clergy denounce anti-semitic violence following slew of attacks

Micah DanneyDecember 31, 2019

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton assembled a group of black clergy and civil rights leaders to meet with a New York rabbi on Monday, a day after five people were stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration about 30 miles north of Manhattan.

The attack came after a spate of anti-semitic incidents in New York City the previous week and a deadly shooting in nearby Jersey City. The NYPD is investigating four separate attacks that occurred within 24 hours.

Sharpton spoke at a press conference alongside Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

“I am terribly disturbed by the recent anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, and particularly because they were perpetrated by members of the African American community,” Sharpton said. “Rabbi Schneier and I have worked together for many years to bring our respective communities closer together. Today, we must work together to start to repair the damage and terrible pain these acts have caused.”

Schneier co-founded the FFEU in 1989 amid rising tensions between the Jewish and black communities in New York City. “Today we discussed concrete ways the Jewish and African-American communities can come together to promote our common interests and stem the differences that lead to such violent acts of hatred,” he said. “There is much to be done and we will move swiftly.”

Schneier said the plan is to broaden their coalition. That work will begin next week, he said, and will aim to include influential people like athletes, celebrities and clergy speaking out against anti-semitism.

“That ultimately will have the greatest impact on any particular community,” he said.

Circumstances of the attacks have varied. On Dec. 10, a man and woman attacked a kosher market in Jersey City, N.J. after they shot and killed a detective who had approached them. Three people inside the market were killed. The shooters died after a standoff with police.

On Dec. 23, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish man in midtown Manhattan was looking at his phone when police said a man said “F**k you, Jew” and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground and kicking him. Steven Jorge, 28, of Miami, Florida, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime. A judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric exam, local media reported.

The next day, a Jewish man was followed by eight teenagers in Brooklyn, one of whom hit him in the head before they ran away.

On Dec. 25, a 40-year-old Jewish man “in traditional religious Jewish clothing” was punched in the face by an unknown assailant who fled, ABC News reported.

The next day, a 34-year-old Jewish mother walking with her young son was assaulted by a homeless woman who yelled, “You f------ Jew! Your end is coming!” and hit the mother in the head with a bag, according to police.

Ayana Logan, 42, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime and child endangerment, the Daily News reported. A judge released her on the condition that she participate in a mental health program run by the city.

A day after that attack, Dec. 27, a woman yelled, “F-U Jews” and slapped three Jewish women outside the Chabad Lubavitch headquarters in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported. Tiffany Harris, 30, was charged in that incident.

In the latest and most serious attack, Grafton Thomas, 37, is accused of entering a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., on Saturday night and injured five people with a machete. Investigators said he searched online for infor...out Hitler and expressed anti-semitic bias in his journal. His family says he has a long history of mental illness. Thomas faces federal hate crime charges.

The history of tension between Brooklyn’s black and Jewish communities goes back decades. In 1991 — two years after Schneier founded his organization — the Crown Heights race riot broke out after a car that a rabbi was riding in struck two black children. One of them later died.

Reconciliation efforts led by local community leaders made progress in the years since, but issues like gentrification, rising rents and intercultural animosity continue to stoke resentments.

"The average person is going to say, 'Yeah, those Jews — you know they come in and take up all the land,' and, 'Another Jewman bought the building,'" Pastor Gil Monrose, of Brooklyn, told WNYC earlier this year. "That's just the kind of talk that you're hearing."

While there are indications that at least a few suspects in the recent attacks may have mental health issues, that shouldn’t deflect from the underlying problem.

“That can always be a contributing factor but you can’t hide behind the excuse or rationale of mental illness,” Schneier said. “The fact is that anti-semitism is on the rise.”

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Reply #61 posted 01/04/20 1:50pm

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New York clergy denounce anti-semitic violence following slew of attacks

Micah DanneyDecember 31, 2019

NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton assembled a group of black clergy and civil rights leaders to meet with a New York rabbi on Monday, a day after five people were stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration about 30 miles north of Manhattan.

The attack came after a spate of anti-semitic incidents in New York City the previous week and a deadly shooting in nearby Jersey City. The NYPD is investigating four separate attacks that occurred within 24 hours.

Sharpton spoke at a press conference alongside Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

“I am terribly disturbed by the recent anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, and particularly because they were perpetrated by members of the African American community,” Sharpton said. “Rabbi Schneier and I have worked together for many years to bring our respective communities closer together. Today, we must work together to start to repair the damage and terrible pain these acts have caused.”

Schneier co-founded the FFEU in 1989 amid rising tensions between the Jewish and black communities in New York City. “Today we discussed concrete ways the Jewish and African-American communities can come together to promote our common interests and stem the differences that lead to such violent acts of hatred,” he said. “There is much to be done and we will move swiftly.”

Schneier said the plan is to broaden their coalition. That work will begin next week, he said, and will aim to include influential people like athletes, celebrities and clergy speaking out against anti-semitism.

“That ultimately will have the greatest impact on any particular community,” he said.

Circumstances of the attacks have varied. On Dec. 10, a man and woman attacked a kosher market in Jersey City, N.J. after they shot and killed a detective who had approached them. Three people inside the market were killed. The shooters died after a standoff with police.

On Dec. 23, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish man in midtown Manhattan was looking at his phone when police said a man said “F**k you, Jew” and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground and kicking him. Steven Jorge, 28, of Miami, Florida, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime. A judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric exam, local media reported.

The next day, a Jewish man was followed by eight teenagers in Brooklyn, one of whom hit him in the head before they ran away.

On Dec. 25, a 40-year-old Jewish man “in traditional religious Jewish clothing” was punched in the face by an unknown assailant who fled, ABC News reported.

The next day, a 34-year-old Jewish mother walking with her young son was assaulted by a homeless woman who yelled, “You f------ Jew! Your end is coming!” and hit the mother in the head with a bag, according to police.

Ayana Logan, 42, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime and child endangerment, the Daily News reported. A judge released her on the condition that she participate in a mental health program run by the city.

A day after that attack, Dec. 27, a woman yelled, “F-U Jews” and slapped three Jewish women outside the Chabad Lubavitch headquarters in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported. Tiffany Harris, 30, was charged in that incident.

In the latest and most serious attack, Grafton Thomas, 37, is accused of entering a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., on Saturday night and injured five people with a machete. Investigators said he searched online for infor...out Hitler and expressed anti-semitic bias in his journal. His family says he has a long history of mental illness. Thomas faces federal hate crime charges.

The history of tension between Brooklyn’s black and Jewish communities goes back decades. In 1991 — two years after Schneier founded his organization — the Crown Heights race riot broke out after a car that a rabbi was riding in struck two black children. One of them later died.

Reconciliation efforts led by local community leaders made progress in the years since, but issues like gentrification, rising rents and intercultural animosity continue to stoke resentments.

"The average person is going to say, 'Yeah, those Jews — you know they come in and take up all the land,' and, 'Another Jewman bought the building,'" Pastor Gil Monrose, of Brooklyn, told WNYC earlier this year. "That's just the kind of talk that you're hearing."

While there are indications that at least a few suspects in the recent attacks may have mental health issues, that shouldn’t deflect from the underlying problem.

“That can always be a contributing factor but you can’t hide behind the excuse or rationale of mental illness,” Schneier said. “The fact is that anti-semitism is on the rise.”


This is fantastic, I applaud Rev Al and the others that are taking these steps to bring peace.

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Reply #62 posted 01/04/20 6:38pm

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/were-not-going-to-cower-small-jewish-communities-prepare-for-increasing-anti-semitic-attacks/ar-BBYBUyY?ocid=spartanntp

'We're not going to cower': Small Jewish communities prepare for increasing anti-Semitic attacks

Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY
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PORTLAND, Ore. — As Rabbi Ken Brodkin watched the news trickle in from Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017 — 26 killed and 20 wounded after a shooter opened fire during Sunday morning services, one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history — he felt a jolt of realization. Seeing a house of worship become a hunting ground for shooters in real-time told him everything was about to change.

a group of people standing next to a train: First responders work near the home of a rabbi on Forshay Rd. in Monsey, N.Y. Sunday night after a man entered the house and stabbed multiple people who were there for a Hanukkah gathering.  (Via OlyDrop)

Brodkin, 44, has been the rabbi at Congregation Kesser Israel, Oregon’s largest and longest-established Orthodox synagogue for 14 years. His congregations totals about 130 families in the Portland area, a sliver of the small Jewish population in Portland, where roughly 40,000 Jews live in a city of almost 650,000.

Brodkin’s always known the Jewish community is vulnerable to hate crimes — “anti-Semitism,” he says, “is an eternal force” — but that reality crystallized in fall 2018, when his congregation decided the best way to protect itself was to hire an armed guard to patrol the synagogue during weekend services.

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Reply #63 posted 01/09/20 6:17pm

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hanukkah-stabbing-suspect-charged-with-5-additional-hate-crimes/ar-BBYNdmQ?ocid=spartanntp

Hanukkah stabbing suspect charged with 5 additional hate crimes

People hold signs of support near the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on December 29, 2019 in Monsey, New York. - An intruder stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi's house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late on December 28, 2019, officials and media reports said. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

© Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images People hold signs of support near the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on December 29, 2019 in Monsey, New York. - An intruder stabbed and wounded five people at a rabbi's house in New York during a gathering to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah late on December 28, 2019, officials and media reports said. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images) The man accused of stabbing five people during a Hanukkah celebration at a...New York, was charged with additional federal hate crimes in a grand jury indictment Thursday.

Grafton Thomas, 37, was indicted on charges of allegedly targeting with the intent to kill the victims of the attack due to their religion, the indictment from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said.

Thomas was charged in December with ...us beliefs in the federal court, as well as charges of attempted murder and burglary filed by the state. The 37-year-old pleaded not guilty to the previous state charges.

Victims of the attack were hospitalized with wounds including a severed finger, slash wounds and deep lacerations, prosecutors said.

An attorney for Thomas was not immediately available for comment on Thursday's indictment from NBC News.Thomas allegedly barged into the rabbi's home as a group was observing the seventh night of Hanukkah, his face was covered with what appeared to be a scarf, according to a criminal complaint filed against him.

He allegedly told the dozens gathered in the home that "no one is leaving" and attacked them with a machete, authorities said.Investigators found handwritten journals in Thomas' home after his arrest that contained anti-Semitic writings, including writing about "Nazi culture," "Adolf Hitler," and drawing of a Swastika, a federal criminal complaint said.

Michael H. Sussman, Thomas' attorney, has said that his client could be described as mentally ill and that he was hospitalized multiple times in 2019 and was on a variety of medications. Thomas' family said in a statement after his arrest that he had "a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations."

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