The announcement that the group would patrol Jewish neighborhoods comes after a rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks and just hours before the stabbing attack in Monsey, NY.
Locals hope that the patrols by the Guardian Angels will stop the attacks that have been increasing in the last two and a half years but lately have turned deadly.
TCurtis Sliwa, who founded the organization in 1979 in New York City, said the patrols would start at noon in the Crown Heights neighborhood and expand to Williamsburg and Borough Park later in the day.
The move came hours before five people were wounded in a stabbing attack during a Hanukkah party at a rabbi’s house in upstate New York late Saturday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has been slow on cracking down on anti-semitic attacks.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bail reform bill that will take effect on January 1, 2020, has been lambasted by at least one Jewish news outlet for putting minority groups at risk for allowing attackers to be released without bail. The New York Post has also noted that the de Blasio administration has decided to enact the bail reform bill before it takes effect and has put the attackers right back into the neighborhoods that they terrorize.
The press office for Mayor Bill de Blasio responded in a statement Saturday, saying, “We have no tolerance for anti-Semitism in New York City.
“The best police department in the world has increased deployment in Crown Heights, Boro Park and Williamsburg, and has launched a new intelligence unit to prevent hate crimes from occurring,” it continued. “We will continue to work hand in hand with the community to keep our city safe.”
Despite an increase in policing, the attacks have persisted. This is the ninth anti-semitic attack since December 13 in Brooklyn and the perpetrators are clearly attacking Jews based on their identity.
In one incident in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Friday, Tiffany Harris, 30, told police that she cursed at, harassed, and slapped three women because they were Jewish. Harris was charged with attempted assault and a hate crime but was released without bail despite having a prior history of assault.
Local leaders of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement contacted the Guardian Angels, a private, unarmed crime-prevention group and requested their help.
“These attacks are taking place, and the cops have not been proactive at all,” Sliwa said Saturday. “It comes from City Hall and the mayor. He’s been just apathetic.”
“We’re a visual deterrence in our red berets and our red satin jackets,” he said. “Nobody’s going to commit an attack when we’re around.”
If they do, he said, “We’ll physically restrain the persons responsible, make a citizen’s arrest, and hold them until the police arrive.”
Source: NBC News
Anti-Semitic attacks continue to rise in New York and the Media(D) has largely been silent because the perpetrators of the attacks are not the reviled white supremacists — they are predominantly black. This has caused journalists to bypass reporting on the attacks and leftists to claim that the situation is “complicated.”
She locked her account. pic.twitter.com/zPKh3GJJNj
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 29, 2019
She protected it, but here it is. pic.twitter.com/BxsdpJEmkW
— Nathan Hendrickson (@adminnathan) December 29, 2019
The “it’s complicated” situation has to do with the constant ring-kissing by those with a “D” after their name of one Al Sharpton, noted race-hustler and anti-semite. It was Sharpton’s rhetoric that escalated a tragic car accident in 1991 to a full-blown anti-semitic riot. Thus was it in Brooklyn in 1991, and almost 30 years later, here we are still.
But go on about how white supremacy is the real threat to Jews in Brooklyn.