NEW YORK – Thousands of people are expected to march along the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday to protest the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the New York City area, including the stabbing attack in Monsey last week.
The solidarity march will be held under the banner “No Hate. No Fear” and is sponsored by several Jewish organizations including the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the New York Board of Rabbis among others.
“In light of the ongoing and persistent attacks against our community, it’s time for us to come together and demonstrate our collective resolve,” the organizers said. City and statewide elected officials, public figures, civic leaders, as well as faith-based organizations from various communities are expected to join.
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The ADL’s New York and New Jersey regional director, Evan Bernstein, called for widespread support to the initiative. "We are expecting thousands of people from as far as the Midwest and Boston to march against anti-Semitism and hate," he said.
Anti-Semitic incidents and particularly assault have been on the rise in the New York area over the past few years. More than half of the hate crimes reported to the NYPD in 2019 were committed against Jews.
December was a particularly difficult month for Jews in New York and New Jersey area with a shooting in a Kosher supermarket in Jersey City that left three people dead on December 10th and dozens of incidents against Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.
Some incidents also took place after five people were injured in a stabbing attack at a Rabbi’s house in Monsey on December 28th, during a Hanukkah celebration.
Sunday’s planned march has also won the endorsement of The New York Times in a recent editorial that described the event as “a chance for people of all faiths and backgrounds to show critical support for New York’s Jewish communities.”
“Jews are being attacked on the streets of New York,” the editorial said. “New Yorkers can’t stand for that. What is called for now is a mass show of solidarity and rejection of anti-Semitism, which is among the oldest, most insidious hatreds on the planet.”
The editorial also noted that thousands marched in France last year to protest a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents.
“How beautiful would it be to see thousands of people, Jews and non-Jews alike, walking arm-in-arm through the streets of Brooklyn?” the New York Times editorial board wrote. “To protect all of us, New York needs to show up against anti-Semitism. We need to march in the streets, together.”
Authorities as well as Jewish groups and individuals have been launching several initiatives to combat anti-Semitism in recent days, including increased police presence around Jewish community sites, neighborhood safety patrol groups and rallies.
At the request of the family of one of the Monsey stabbing victims, Joseph Neumann, who is still fighting for his life at the hospital, Jews have also been sharing their personal experiences with anti-Semitism under the hashtag #MeJew on social media.
JTA contributed to this report