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Staten Island Teenagers Participate In Anti-Semitic Assault

Anti-Defamation League horrified at attack on Jewish man

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: June 24th, 2015 in News » World

Staten Island Teenagers Participate In Anti-Semitic Assault

Photo: Staten Island


The Anti-Defamation League is alarmed and horrified by the assault on a Jewish man, wearing a yarmulke, in Staten Island this past week. Three teenagers allegedly threw a rock at the man, yelling out anti-Jewish slurs. To make matters worse, the three young individuals also threatened to kill the man.

“If the reports are accurate, this incident is terribly disturbing because it was clearly motivated by anti-Semitic animus, and particularly troubling due to the young age of the assailants,” the ADL New York regional director, Evan R. Bernstein said, according to the Algemeiner.

Bernstein continued that, “Such a horrific assault leaves an immensely searing impact, and we call on community and religious leaders, elected officials and public figures in the wake of this appalling incident to make clear that there is absolutely no room for attacks on any member of the community because of their faith.”

The three teenagers were arrested this past Monday, on hate crime charges. One of the three, Kareem Cook, was carrying a kitchen knife when he was apprehended by the NYPD. Cook was charged with aggravated harassment, menacing as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. Information regarding the remaining members of the group could not be released as they were two 15-year-old minors.

According to the ADL, Staten Island has had 14 antisemitic incidents in 2014, while the entire state of New York experienced a 14% increase.

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