Standing together against anti-Semitism

Standing together against anti-Semitism

I was proud to march together today with a wide array of elected officials, Jewish and non-Jewish community leaders, and activists to condemn Friday's hideous anti-Semitic attacks in Midwood, Brooklyn, and to show our unity against hatred.  

The crowd was truly diverse, across lines of race, religion, and politics:  State Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilmember Letitia James, Steve Levin, and Jumaane Williams, civil rights leader Norman Siegel, leaders from Shomrim, Orthodox Jewish community leaders, and activists from Occupy Wall Street. While this group certainly doesn't agree on everything, we all know that there is no room -- not one inch -- for anti-Semitism, racism, hatred, or bias crimes in our neighborhoods.

In times of economic anxiety, dark and evil elements of the human psyche too often show themselves.  While we may have different interpretations of the economic crisis, and different proposals for what to do about, we stand firmly united against attacks that target people for their religion (or their race, or ethnicity, or sexual orientation). As my colleague Jumaane Williams said today, "Hatred doesn't have neat boundaries.  Today they come for you, tomorrow for me." 

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