Thursday, July 22, 2021
The state's Hate Crimes Task Force has been called in to investigate an attack on a Brooklyn yeshiva earlier this month, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The governor announced Wednesday that he will direct the state squad to help investigate a woman who was caught on video smashing the windows of a Hasidic Jewish school, which sits near Flushing Avenue on the border of Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy.
The woman smashed in the windows of the Franklin Avenue school in broad daylight on July 15, according to police. The incident made headlines this week when a video of it was circulated by Williamsburg News.
"This attempt to instill fear into the Jewish community will not be tolerated," Cuomo said in a statement. "Hatred like this is abhorrent, disgusting and unacceptable."
The vandalism came just days after a Jewish man was attacked on his way to a synagogue in Flatbush, according to Cuomo.
In the last year, Brooklyn saw more than a quarter of the state's anti-Semitic incidents, which have been at historically high levels in recent years. The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks the incidents, has called the borough "a hotspot for antisemitic activity."
New York as a whole is the state with the highest rate of anti-Semitic incidents in the country, according to the ADL's 2020 analysis.
"To the Jewish community, we are with you. We stand with you and we will fight with you against these horrendous displays of hate and anti-Semitism," Cuomo said Wednesday. "You are loved and love will always win in New York State."
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