The Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 Orthodox Rabbis in the United States applauds the swift police work in apprehending and arresting two suspects, a male and a female accused of tearing face masks off Jewish people near Bedford Avenue and Ross Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. The apprehended suspects face hate crime charges.

“Whether it is this horrible anti-Semitic act that we saw or the horrible anti-Asian acts we saw in previous weeks, none of these acts of bias or discrimination are acceptable in New York City,” commented Mayor Bill de Blasio

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America applauded Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea, for taking this deplorable, bias, and hateful anti-Semitic act seriously, and for the great efficient police work in swiftly investigating and apprehending the suspects involved. “As a community, New York City is suffering from the Coronavirus/Covid 19 Pandemic and the last thing the city needs is a spike in crime or worse hate crimes. It is comforting and reassuring to know that our city government takes law and order seriously, and has a watchful eye on all the residents of the City. It is our hope and prayer that the arrest of these perpetrators sends a loud clear message that crime does not pay and will not be tolerated. Thank you, Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Shea.”

Rabbi Duvid Katz, Menahel of the Rabbinical Alliance of America stated, “it is ensuring to the law-abiding residents of the Williamsburg community that the police have their back and will not permit criminals from distrusting the peace and harmony of the community. Such police work builds trust and better community relations.”

It is our prayer that the Almighty have mercy on His world and may He cure all those who are ill and keep safe all those who are healthy. May He speedily eradicate this pandemic from the globe. We further pray that the Almighty shield and protect all of our first-responders and essential workers, and that they should safely leave and return home to their families. We look forward to the day when the Almighty will put an end to this pandemic and this world shall be given the opportunity to resume and enjoy life once again.