Mayor Denounces Five Anti-Semitic Incidents With PM-Crown Heights
NEW YORK (AP) _ A Hasidic rabbi was stabbed, a Jewish teen was punched in the eye and another teen was attacked by a dog and kicked in a spate of bias incidents over the weekend, police said.
Mayor David Dinkins, who has been criticized by some Jewish leaders in recent weeks, angrily denounced the weekend’s incidents.
″As I have said - unfortunately too many times in the past - incidents of this sort have no place in our city,″ Dinkins said.
″Each act of bigotry, each act of hatred, each uttered slur tears at the very fabric of our city’s social life,″ he said. The city has been shaken by violence between blacks and a community of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, and Dinkins, the city’s first black mayor, has been accused by some of insensitivity toward Jews.
The incidents reported over the weekend against Jews did not involve blacks in the cases where police have a description of the attackers, police said.
The most serious was the stabbing of a Hasidic rabbi outside a Lower East Side synagogue. Rabbi Shaya Apter, 62, was in guarded condition today at Beth Israel Hospital.
A police spokesman, Officer Peter Friscia, said he was stabbed in the stomach as he walked by the Boyaner Kloiz synagogue on East Broadway on Saturday evening.
Police believe the stabbing was a bias incident because Apter was attacked in front of the synagogue and was dressed in religious clothing, Friscia said.
The other attacks included the harassment of three Jewish teens in Brooklyn early Sunday, police said.
The three, all 18, were in a car in a parking lot at 1 a.m. when nine men started making anti-Semitic remarks at them, police said. One teen was pulled out of his car and punched in the eye but not seriously injured, police said.
On Staten Island on Saturday afternoon, a 33-year-old Jewish man was approached by a woman who made anti-Semitic remarks and ordered her dog to attack the man, police said. The man fled.
But in another attack on Staten Island, a 15-year-old girl walking her dog ″had her dog attack″ a 15-year-old Jewish youth Sunday, said police Sgt. Anthony Barlanti. The boy fell and the girl kicked him in the head, the sergeant said.
The injured youth was treated and released in Staten Island Hospital, and police charged the girl with assault and aggravated harassment and released her to her parents, he added.
The fifth incident also was reported Sunday by a police officer who found anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on Roosevelt Island, a residential island in the East River.