| December 30, 2019 11:33 AM
The head of the Anti-Defamation League criticized Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his response to an increase in violence against the Jewish community in his district.
Five Jewish New Yorkers were injured over the weekend when a man broke into a rabbi’s home with a machete and attacked those who were there celebrating Hanukkah. This attack came weeks after three people and a police detective were gunned down in Jersey City when two people opened fire inside a Jewish market.
While both de Blasio and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have issued statements of condemnation against the attacks, with Cuomo declaring it, “domestic terrorism,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt praised only one of them during his Monday morning appearance on Fox News’s America’s Newsroom.
“We welcomed Governor Cuomo’s statement yesterday that he called as domestic terrorism. It is terrorism. This isn’t just a crime directed against an individual because they’re wearing a kippah. It’s directed against the entire Jewish community. I might not wear a black hat or a long coat, but those people in Monsey. Those people in Brooklyn. Those people in Jersey City. They are my Jewish brothers and sisters, period,” he began.
“So, whereas the governor was in the right spot on this, Mayor de Blasio hasn’t been. It’s been stunning to me how he has moved slowly and not shown up on the ground in the communities,” Greenblatt continued. “This has been happening in Brooklyn for a long time. We’ve been talking about it again and again. And after Jersey City, his comment was that it finally is reaching our shores. This crisis has been going on for some time, and we need more police and tougher prosecution.”
The ADL has recorded 14 anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York since the shooting in Jersey City. No one died in the attacks, however, a number were injured and/or assaulted.