In wake of anti-Semitic attacks, Jewish groups to hold solidarity march in NY
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In wake of anti-Semitic attacks, Jewish groups to hold solidarity march in NY

Rally on Sunday called over violence in Jersey City, Monsey, and Brooklyn; will begin in Lower Manhattan and cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Orthodox Jewish women mourn during the funeral service of Mindel Ferencz, who was killed in a shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Orthodox Jewish women mourn during the funeral service of Mindel Ferencz, who was killed in a shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Jewish groups will hold a solidarity march in New York City on Sunday under the banner “No Hate. No Fear,” following a string of anti-Semitic attacks.

The January 5 event comes in the wake of attacks in Monsey, Jersey City, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The march will leave from Lower Manhattan and cross the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by a rally in Columbus Park.

“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 last week.

A member of the Ramapo police stands guard in front of the house of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on December 29, 2019 in Monsey, New York. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP)

The sponsors are the UJA-Federation of New York along with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Anti-Defamation League of New York, the American Jewish Committee of New York and the New York Board of Rabbis.

Around 250 people gathered to show solidarity with the Jewish community at a rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Haaretz reported. The event, whose organizers included Palestinian-American activists, was attended by controversial former Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour, who has herself been accused of anti-Semitism by some in the Jewish community.

Since the December 10 massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey, there have been 19 officially recorded anti-Semitic incidents in the US, including 16 in New York and New Jersey, according to the ADL’s Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents. Ten of those incidents have occurred in New York since December 23 and involved assaults or threatened violence.

On December 28, an assailant broke into the Monsey, New York, home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg and used a long machete to stab guests gathered for a Hanukkah celebration. Five people were injured in the attack, which authorities have deemed a hate crime, and two remain hospitalized.

Following that incident, New York City announced that it will launch three initiatives aimed at combating anti-Semitic hate crimes, one of which involves increasing the NYPD’s presence in Jewish neighborhoods, such as Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg.

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