A $50,000 reward is being offered by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for information that results in the capture and conviction of individuals responsible for the 1994 assault on Jewish students.
This prize was made public on Monday.
In 1994, on the Brooklyn Bridge, Rashid Baz shot and killed Ari Halberstam and 14 other Jewish teenagers.
He passed away in prison last year.
The students had just attended a prayer vigil for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was ill.
According to some, Baz wanted to attack the Rebbe rather than the boys.
According to Motti Seligson, head of media relations at Chabad, “at the time, investigators—as in other areas of law enforcement—focused on just gathering adequate evidence to gain a conviction.
“This was before September 11th.
The United States did not comprehend the nature of terrorist networks and cells or how they functioned.
Seligson continued, “The case was not thoroughly probed, and all avenues were not pursued in 1994, leaving many concerns unresolved.
Many believe that the shooter was hiding the identities of his unnamed accomplices.
The FBI had labeled the incident a case of road rage for many years. Later, Baz claimed that the only reason he shot the victims was because they were Jewish.
According to Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO and national head, it was “indisputably an antisemitic terrorist attack and a hate crime that sent shockwaves through the Jewish community and the entire country.”
The question is still open: Did other people take part in a bigger conspiracy? We anticipate that this new prize will encourage anyone with information to come forward, he continued.
Ari’s mother, Devorah Halberstam, expressed her hope that “not just Rashid Baz, but all of the perpetrators of the horrific anti-semitic terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge—can finally be brought to justice.”
Devorah Halberstam’s accomplishments, according to Seligson, have been “extraordinary.
Not just with regard to the Brooklyn Bridge massacre, but also with regard to what she has done for national security by informing elected officials and law enforcement about the characteristics of terrorism and how it should be combated, he added.