Hundreds denounce antisemitism during rally in Scarsdale

Hundreds of people of all faiths were at the rally at the Jewish Community Center.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2021, 12:33 AM

Updated 1,083 days ago

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The Scarsdale community took a stand against antisemitism by holding a rally Monday evening.
Hundreds of people of all faiths were at the rally at the Jewish Community Center.
The crowd made it clear that hate of any kind has no home in Westchester.
"People just want to express how frustrated and angry they are,” said Bill Schrag, president of the Westchester Jewish Council.
He added that many in the non-Jewish community have reached out and asked what they can do to help.
Most recently in the Hudson Valley, a playground in West Haverstraw was vandalized with swastikas in April.
Organizers at the rally say they wanted the event to be focused on rooting out prejudice at home.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, there's been a 75% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. since Israeli-Palestinian fighting began.
"There's clearly been an uptick nationally, and I don't know whether it's because of the pandemic, or some of it is a result of what happened in the Middle East," says Schrag.
Many hope that the tensions overseas don't translate into prejudice in the United States.
The Westchester District Attorney's Office is encouraging everyone to report any incidents of antisemitism, as with any other hate crime.


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