hate crimes

Jury Pondering Nelson Fate

05/08/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The jury is still out on whether Lemrick Nelson Jr. violated the civil rights of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots. The panel at Brooklyn Federal Court spent its third day considering the case today after being charged late Wednesday to decide whether hatred of Jews was the motive when Nelson stabbed Rosenbaum in August 1991. After denying any role in the attack, Nelson, now 27, no longer contests that he is the assailant.

Mideast Violence Spills Into Brooklyn

10/05/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Amid signs of a ripple effect of Middle East tensions in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called on Jewish and Arab leaders to work together to keep the peace here. Some 45 Arab and Jewish leaders gathered at City Hall Wednesday morning in the wake of a series of suspected bias attacks that may be linked to the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories.

Blacks, Jews Join Vs. Crown Hts. Appeal

09/28/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund has joined with a coalition of Jewish groups seeking to uphold the federal convictions of two men in the 1991 killing of Yankel Rosenbaum. Defense attorneys for Lemrick Nelson Jr., 25, and Charles Price, 47, are claiming that two Supreme Court decisions, in 1995 and this year, have invalidated the federal statute that led to the convictions and that the government had no jurisdiction in prosecuting the pair.

Bias Eyed In Knifing Of Brooklyn Chasidim

06/15/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a post-Shavuot attack on a group of chasidic men on the Coney Island waterfront early Sunday morning. "We're looking at it as a possible bias crime," said Police Commissioner Howard Safir on Monday. But while the assailants, described by police as Hispanics, were said to have used anti-Semitic slurs during the attack, sources say the investigators are trying to determine whether the attack stemmed from a confrontation between the two groups, or a misunderstanding.

Hynes At War Against ‘Renegade’ Crown Hts. Patrol

04/28/2008 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Likening a chasidic patrol group to the violent Crips and Bloods street gangs, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has taken the rare step of ordering a grand jury to investigate the April 14 beating of an African-American man in Crown Heights, an incident in which he says members of the patrol group may be involved.

NYPD: Anti-Jewish Crime Up

11/16/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
With six weeks to go before the new year, New York City has already recorded a sharp rise in hate crimes over 2005, including a 28 percent increase in anti-Semitic acts. The NYPD's Bias Crime Task Force investigated 95 incidents directed against Jews through Nov. 5, up sharply from 74 in all of last year. Overall, there were 230 attacks based on race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation, up from 214 last year, according to figures released by the NYPD in response to an inquiry by the New York Post. Attacks on gays also rose sharply.

Jewish-Muslim Incident Seen As Aberration

11/09/2006 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor
The brutal beating of a Pakistani man in Brooklyn that led to the arrest of five Orthodox youths on Oct. 29 is being viewed in both communities as an isolated incident, even as leaders intensify cooperation efforts. "It is shocking and disturbing that this incident happened," said Bob Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council. "But there has been years and years of interface between the two communities without incident."

Anything But Terrorism

03/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Only in a world transformed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spiraling Mideast violence could the possibilities of a business deal gone violent, or of a criminal complainant being brutally silenced, be embraced as reassuring. But that’s what has happened in the last two weeks as two violent incidents involving Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn provoked fears that terrorism could shatter a sense of security already weakened by the attack on the World Trade Center.

Murder In Midwood

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The murder of a rabbinical student on a busy shopping strip in Midwood, Brooklyn, Monday night immediately set off fears of an anti-Semitic attack or a spillover of Mideast violence in the heavily Jewish community. But police on Tuesday had all but ruled out the possibility that Avner Abensour, 26, had been attacked because he was a Jew. “At this point it has not been deemed a bias incident,” said Lt. David Nadel, the NYPD’s liaison to the Jewish community.

Prepared To Fight

08/19/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Will Jewish extremism increase in the wake of the shooting rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and other subsequent anti-Semitic acts? That question emerged this week as the Jewish community struggled for the proper response to the attack on the Los Angeles-area JCC by Buford Furrow, a white supremacist with ties to neo-Nazi groups.
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