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NYPD makes arrests in anti-Jewish attacks • Hasidic leaders endorse Yang • Capitol rioter loses job

New York State Police, which released this photo without place or date, said troopers have been deployed in downstate areas following recent anti-Semitic incidents. (Twitter)
New York State Police, which released this photo without place or date, said troopers have been deployed in downstate areas following recent anti-Semitic incidents. (Twitter)

 

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Elliot Resnick, who joined the mob that breached the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, is out of a job as editor of The Jewish Press.

  • Shlomo Greenwald, a grandson of the founders of the conservative, Brooklyn-based Orthodox newspaper, is the new senior editor.
  • Resnick, editor of The Jewish Press since 2018, had a history of incendiary language about gay rights and African Americans.

The Antisemitism Spike

The NYPD made arrests in separate attacks on Jewish victims.

  • Hesham Ghonim, 20, is being held on $5,000 cash bail for punching a 67-year-old man at Congregation Kerem Shlomo synagogue in Sheepshead Bay on Monday. The suspect reportedly yelled, “(Expletive) Jews! I’m going to (expletive) you up. I see you Jews are racist.”
  • Danial Shaukat, 20, Ashan Azad, 19, and Haider Anjam, 20, are under arrest for last Saturday’s attacks, when they allegedly yelled “Free Palestine! Kill all Jews!” outside Agudath Israel Synagogue in Borough Park and later punched, taunted and chased two Jewish teens.

Several groups are holding a “Day of Action Against Antisemitism” virtual rally, today at 4:00 pm.

The New York Times reported yesterday on the “outbreak of anti-Semitic threats and violence across the United States, stoking fear among Jews in small towns and major cities.”

Times’ columnist Michelle Goldberg says the violence is a “catastrophe for Jewish people,” but “also threatens to undermine progress that’s been made in getting American politicians to take Palestinian rights more seriously.” Her colleague, Bret Stephens, blames “an anti-Israel movement that keeps descending into the crudest forms of anti-Semitism.”

Jordana Horn asks in Kveller, “Why am I being told, as I tell people about targeted violence against Jewish diners on the streets of Los Angeles or New York, or people wearing Jewish stars, ‘This is complicated’?”

NYC Elections

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Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia (above) stopped by Saba’s kosher pizzeria on the Upper West Side yesterday. A brick was thrown through the glass windows of Saba’s Upper East Side location Sunday night.

Andrew Yang announced endorsements for mayor from an array of Williamsburg Hasidic leaders Tuesday, including two competing Satmar movements. An ad ran yesterday in several Yiddish newspapers listing Yang as their first choice, followed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Read why it matters. (Hint: It has a lot to do with yeshivas.)

The Daily News endorsed former Brooklyn federal prosecutor Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan district attorney. The editors recalled her background as a “Jewish refugee from Iran fleeing persecution.”

The Civic Engagement Commission will be providing translation services — including Russian and Yiddish translation — at select poll sites during the upcoming election.

Today’s Big Idea

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The new Pew study has a warning for Jewish educators, writes David Bryfman of New York’s Jewish Education Project: Change — or else.

People and Places

Ronald S. Lauder was reelected as president of the World Jewish Congress, a post he has held since 2007. The WJC concluded its quadrennial gathering Tuesday.

What to Stream Today

Meet the authors of “In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation,” about a Palestinian man who spent 10 years in Israeli jails, and how he came to dedicate his life to joint nonviolence work with Israelis. Register here. 1:00 pm.

Hear the story of twin brothers Henry and Bernard Schanzer, who survived the Holocaust with the assistance of several righteous Catholics. Register here. 2:00 pm.

What’s next for Israel and Gaza? Moment magazine presents Middle East analyst and negotiator Aaron David Miller interviewed by journalist Nathan Guttman. Register here. 4:30 pm.

Confused about the NYC elections? Lab/Shul presents Jeff Cotlin of City and State and Olivia Lapeyrolerie of SKDK, as they explore changes to this year’s elections, ranked choice voting, and making an educated choice as a voter. Register here. 7:00 pm.

Celebrate Lilith’s new spring issue with a virtual happy hour, featuring a conversation on memory and mothers with Lilith’s 2020 Fiction Contest winners, Penny Jackson and Judith Hannan. RSVP here. 8:00 pm.

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