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New York, NY, November 21, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League’s New York Regional Office issued the following statement in response to reports of a series of “knockout” attacks targeting Jewish individuals in Brooklyn:

“We find any instances of anti-Semitic incidents to be troubling.  No person should be targeted for violence because of their religious beliefs, and it is our duty as a community to stand up against these senseless acts of hate.  Although we saw an overall national decline of anti-Semitic incidents last year, New York State as well as Brooklyn, saw an uptick which reminds us that we are still not immune to anti-Semitism.  We know that NYPD, and especially the Hate Crime Task Force, are working swiftly to find the alleged perpetrators of these incidents.”