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Community Leaders Call to Stop Anti-Semitic Attacks in Brooklyn

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Hundreds gathered to mourn the death of Rabbi Raksin.

Hundreds gathered to mourn the death of Rabbi Raksin.

Hundreds gathered to mourn the death of Rabbi Raksin.

Political and religious community leaders in Brooklyn joined together on the afternoon of Monday, August, 18th, to push for a stop in the attacks fueled by anti-Semitism. In last week alone, there were two assaults on Jewish individuals in the borough.

The attacks occurred last week in Crown Heights, and are just the most recent in a flood of hate-crimes in Bay Ridge, Crown Heights, East Flatbush and Midwood, according to reports by the Anti-Defamation League.

The community gathers at the site of one of the horrible attacks, and is joined by city and state officials, as they all condemn the despicable influx of crimes.

“In the year 2014, no one should be afraid to walk the streets because of their religion, because of the color of their skin, because of what they believe in,” said state Rep. Dov Hikind. “No one. It’s unacceptable.”

On Wednesday, August 14th, the Anti-Defamation League says, there was an attack on a Jewish man by three teens that hit him when he was walking the streets in Crown Heights. The violence was captured by surveillance cameras; the footage showed the teens approach the man, one punch him in the face, and then all three flee.

In the same area, a 9-year-old boy was attacked only a day later; the child was hit in the head.

A connection between the attacks is not certain.

Eric Allen, the Brooklyn Borough President, says that the attacks need to come to an end. He said, “We have an obligation as Brooklynites and as New Yorkers to state, ‘That will not happen in our city.’”

The rally concluded with a march to the residence of Joseph Raksin, the Brooklyn rabbi who was shot to death in a Miami suburb on his way to temple earlier this month.

The NYPD says the two recent attacks in Crown Heights are being investigated by their hate-crimes unit.

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