In an effort to arrest those guilty of committing two crimes against Charedim in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the ADL has floated a reward amounting to a whopping $7,500.
Scott Richman, ADL’s regional director for NY/NJ said in a statement announcing the reward, “Attacks against visibly identifiable Jews here in New York and New Jersey have become practically a weekly occurrence. The Jewish community is on the extreme edge, and this violence has got to stop. It is being normalized, and we simply cannot accept that as the state of affairs.”
As it stands, the NYPD has stated that on Feb. 4 at approximately 10:30 p.m., “an individual approached a male, 24, dressed in traditional Chassidic attire and punched him in the face.” The case is being investigated by the local police precinct and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force.
According to the ADL, the second incident occurred in the same area as the first assault, though “limited details are available.” In addition to the assaults, school buses with the school names written in Hebrew on them were vandalized with swastikas and other graffiti.
Reacting to this chain of events on Sunday night, Mayor Eric Adams tweeted: “Hatred won’t be tolerated in our city. Anti-Semitic acts of violence are an attack on every New Yorker, and they will be met with the force of the entire city.”