People gather in Brooklyn to celebrate last night of Hanukkah as mayor announces new measures to combat anti-Semitism

Adam Warner
December 29, 2019 - 6:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – People gathered in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza on Sunday night to mark the last night of Hanukkah and show perseverance amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the tri-state.

Hundreds turned out in the rain to show solidarity with the Jewish community after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home in Rockland County on Saturday night. The attack came amid a series of attacks on Jewish people in Brooklyn and weeks after three people were killed in a shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City.

“At Grand Army Plaza to call out hate and anti-Semitism with lots of other Brooklynites,” Doug Gordon tweeted.

“On a rainy night, Grand Army Plaza is full of life. Soon to be full of light as well,” Sam Hainbach wrote as the festivities began.

Photos and video on social media show people dancing and singing with umbrellas around a large menorah. The event was being shared with the hashtag #NYCAgainstHate.

Heavily armed police were standing guard at the event, which took place shortly after Mayor de Blasio announced additional measures to combat anti-Semitism in the city.

The mayor said more officers will be deployed in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park “so that people in the community will see our officers present in front of houses of worship and out on the streets.”

He said there will also be additional light towers at key locations as well as more security cameras.

“Multi-ethnic interfaith Neighborhood Safety Coalitions” will also be created and there will be a new curriculum about anti-Semitism through the Education Department.

“In New York City, diversity is our strength and we respect the traditions of all who call New York City home. Intolerance will never take hold here,” the mayor said.

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