Anti-Semitic Incidents Prompt Protest at Brooklyn Holocaust Memorial

“We liberated Europe. We did everything possible to defeat the Nazis, and we thought that anti-semitism will go away. This unfortunately did not happen,” said Leonid Rozenberg, an artillery officer in the Soviet Army during WWII and president of the American Association of Invalids and Veterans of World War II, at the rally. (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

“We liberated Europe. We did everything possible to defeat the Nazis, and we thought that anti-semitism will go away. This unfortunately did not happen,” said Leonid Rozenberg, an artillery officer in the Soviet Army during WWII and president of the American Association of Invalids and Veterans of World War II, at the rally. (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

Hundreds turned out March 13 at Holocaust Memorial Park in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, to speak out against a string of anti-Semitic acts in the city, reports Alex Ellefson for Sheepshead Bites.

“We cannot be silent when we hear that every week, there is another anti-Semitic incident,” said Democratic District Leader Ari Kagan, one of the event’s organizers. “We just cannot discuss it in our kitchens. It’s not enough to discuss it over the phone. We have to show public outrage that we will never agree to it.”

Kogan, along with District Leader Margarita Kagan and the Russian-language radio station Davidzon Radio, organized the rally amid an increasing fear in the communities over the incidents. Public Advocate Letitia James, Assembly members Dov Hikind and Helene Weinstein, and Council members Chaim Deutsch and Mark Treyger, also attended the demonstration.

Ellefson notes several events that prompted the protest including “inflammatory” comments on college campuses, Brooklyn College in particular, the appearance of swastikas and the stabbing of a Hasidic man. Go to Sheepshead Bay to read more on the incidents, and for more from the rally, including a mention of what kind of hate crimes, according to the NYPD, are the most frequent in the city.

Earlier this month, Manhattan Times reported that two Yeshiva University students were “verbally accosted” in Washington Heights on Feb. 29.

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