Rep. Clarke Releases Statement on Anti- Semitic Literature found in Park Slope
Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) joined New York City Council Member Brad Lander regarding anti-Semitic notes found on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope that read “Kill Jews.” She released the following statement:
“I am deeply concerned about reports of anti-Semitic literature found in my district,” stated Rep. Clarke. “These hateful messages are meant to bring fear and division among our community and are totally unacceptable. I stand firm with the 11th Congressional District in decrying this heinous act of prejudice and bigotry.”
“As we all know, the 11th congressional district of New York is one of the most diverse districts in the nation. I will continue to proudly celebrate what makes Brooklyn New York so unique, what former New York City Mayor David Dinkins called a “gorgeous mosaic,” said Rep. Clarke.
“It was only two years ago that the Brooklyn Heights community was shaken by the defamation of two synagogues. Recently, the man who committed these acts of vandalism was caught, arrested and indicted not only for the vandalism, but on 132 counts stemming from the possession of explosive devices found in his apartment,” added Congresswoman Clarke.
“On the heels of that indictment, four men were arrested for plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Bronx,” explained Rep. Clarke. “These heinous acts underline how we as a community must take quick and decisive action whenever anti-Semitism and bigotry rears its ugly head.
“I will continue to utilize my position on the Homeland Security Committee, to fight for more funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant program, and other initiatives that allow the Jewish community fight against local threats in security. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that the Jewish community in New York is adequately protected from these local acts of terrorism.” concluded Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.