Greenburgh City Council takes on anti-Semitism

February 16, 2022

By Robert Kimmel–

In response to the increase in acts of anti-Semitism, Greenburgh City Council decided to take action against such incidents. Under a board resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday, the Greenburgh Police Department will be required to report ‘anti-Semitic acts within its jurisdiction’ annually at a public meeting of the board. administration.

The report must include “whether the persons who committed the acts have been arrested, and the sentences; and that the Greenburgh Police Department report any such incidents to Westchester County, as the county Human Rights Commission records such hate incidents throughout the county.

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The Council said it is “deeply concerned by the dramatic rise in anti-Semitic hatred and bigotry in the public sphere, determined to oppose the threat it poses to American values ​​of religious freedom, democracy and Tolerance”, and therefore hereby condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and encourages the Greenburgh Human Rights Advisory Committee to work with the City Council to initiate a forum and educational programs on this growing evil.

The resolution further lists anti-Semitic acts, noting that “anti-Semitic graffiti has been found in high schools, on property owned by Westchester County and the City of Greenburgh, on playgrounds, in train station parking lots and in houses in the county of Westchester”.

“Jews are increasingly violently attacked on the streets of neighboring New York City solely because they are Jews by being identified as such by wearing Jewish religious symbols or clothing,” he claimed.

An ABC Channel 7 report on a “… anti-Semitic Zoom bombing under investigation in Westchester County” was also cited. Jewish religious services, he said, “have been interrupted by anti-Semitic acts, including displaying swastikas and other offensive material for people to see.” Anti-Semitic comments were made by members of the public at meetings at City Hall and “the indescribable horrors of the Holocaust were trivialised”.

The resolution observed that Jews were blamed for the emergence of the coronavirus and were the object of scorn during the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt at the Capitol, where “anti-Semitic signs and symbols were prominently displayed.” .

“FBI statistics show that over 60% of acts of hate based on religion in the United States in 2021 were against Jews (and this number has been constant in recent years) despite Jews representing 2% of the American people,” the resolution explains. “…The growing number of incidents and statistics confirm that anti-Semitism has both become more widespread and that this old hatred risks becoming widespread if not taken seriously and confronted.”

Thanking fellow board members by name, each of whom voted in favor of the resolution, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner pledged that “this is just one action step that council municipal takes; we will continue to denounce hate crimes against all.

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