The attacks come as hate crimes are on the rise in the City; attacks against Jewish individuals have doubled

NEW YORK, NY- Following news of a second Jewish man being attacked with a rock in central Brooklyn, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. released the following statement:

“An attack on anyone because of their religious beliefs is a complete and utter outrage. An outrage against the dignity of every member of our community – and an outrage against the inclusive values that make our community one of the most diverse, vibrant, and welcoming places on earth. The attack Tuesday on Rabbi Avraham Gopin and the attack yesterday on a Jewish delivery driver at Brooklyn Avenue and Prospect Place are outrages against us all. These attacks attempt to undermine the sense of peace and security of our Jewish friends and neighbors, and to undermine the sense that we can all feel at home in our shared community.

That is the uniquely sinister aspect of these attacks. Hate crimes attempt to make an entire community live in fear. The object of hate crimes is to divide us from one another, and the worst response possible would be to give in to that attempt to sow division. Instead, we must pull together in solidarity and speak out against hate. We must reassure the family, friends, and loved ones who were targeted by these vile attacks. You are not alone You have a community that values your safety, your security, and your freedom. The attack against you was an attack against all of us. Anyone with information on these attacks should reach out to the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS.

In the days ahead, we must pull together as one Crown Heights, one Brooklyn, and one community – standing united against hate.”

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