New York

Hate By The Numbers

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
In what may be a surprising development given worldwide trends, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2001 dropped 11 percent to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit. California saw the biggest decline — more than 50 percent — among the 40 states where incidents were recorded. New York was second, with a 15 percent drop, although the Empire State led the nation with 408 acts of intolerance.

The Betrayal Of Borough Park

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
Check the registration rolls, and the people of Borough Park will turn out to be overwhelmingly Democrats. But if you have walked around the most densely Jewish community in the five boroughs during recent major elections, you are likely to have seen mostly signs and bumper stickers reading “Pataki” or “D’Amato,” “Giuliani,” or “Bloomberg,” Republicans all.

Murder In Midwood

03/01/2002
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.

Democrat Chair: No Jewish Problem Here

12/07/2001
Staff Writer
The strong Jewish showing for Republican candidates in recent elections is no cause for concern, says the new chair of the state Democratic Party. “I’m not accepting that they’re gone,” said Herman D. Farrell, who succeeded Judith Hope on Monday at a time of introspection for the party. “You stick with someone because when you get down to basic issues, you believe in what you see. A large percentage of our issues are those the Jewish community views as important.”

Battle Of The Ehuds In Senate Race

12/03/1999
Staff Writer
The organizations representing Jewish Republicans and Democrats were trading shots this week over the apparent involvement of two top Israeli leaders in the 2000 Senate race here. Neither Prime Minister Ehud Barak, leader of the One Israel party, nor Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert of Likud have made explicit endorsements in the race. But within the span of two weeks, both politicians offered praise for the two presumptive candidates: Barak for Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, and Olmert for Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Pols Rap Jewish Group On Rape Suit

10/15/1999
Staff Writer
Two Manhattan officials are criticizing the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services for arguing that the rape of an employee was a workplace injury, to be compensated by worker’s compensation rather than a civil judgment. “I am asking that you immediately drop this offensive and sexist defense,” wrote Councilwoman Christine Quinn in a strongly worded letter to JBFCS.

Bradley Avoids Hot Buttons

10/15/1999
Staff Writer
Presidential contender Bill Bradley played it safe in his first foray into the Jewish community this week, steering clear of hot-button issues while persistently embracing his New York patron, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The former New Jersey senator told Jewish leaders he will take no position on clemency for Israel spy Jonathan Pollard during his campaign.

Sparks Fly In Borough Park Aftermath

10/08/1999
Staff Writer
The outcry over the police shooting of a disturbed Borough Park man escalated this week, as family members called the incident an “execution” amid new doubts about the official version of events. “I am absolutely furious,” said Doris Busch Bosky, whose son, Gary Busch, died in a hail of bullets on Aug. 30 in a confrontation outside his 46th Street apartment. At a press conference this week, Bosky, her former husband and Busch’s brother accused the police of presenting false information on the altercation.

Bradley’s OU Speech To Signal Jewish Tack

10/08/1999
Staff Writer
In the opening salvo of what is expected to be a spirited war for New York’s Jewish vote, Democratic presidential contender Bill Bradley comes to town Monday night for an address to the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Concern Grows Over Holiday Mirth

10/01/1999
Staff Writer
As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate one of the most joyous days of the calendar, local law enforcement officials, communal leaders and professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact of alcohol-laden festivities on the growing problem of Orthodox substance abuse.
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