Maniac’s attempt to ram Jewish students with car a sickening symptom of rampant antisemitism, officials say

The disturbing vehicular assault on Orthodox students and rabbis exterior a Brooklyn yeshiva on Wednesday is a sickening symptom of a latest spike in antisemitism, politicians and neighborhood leaders stated.

“This crime should be an eye-opener happening right there in south Brooklyn,” state Assemblywoman Jaime Williams instructed The Post Thursday. “If this can happen here, it can happen anywhere. If the Jewish students weren’t paying attention they would have been run over.”

Mark Treyger, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council and a one-time metropolis lawmaker, referred to as the disturbing incident a symptom of the occasions.

“This dangerous incident can’t be seen in isolation with the backdrop of rising antisemitism,” Treyger stated. “No community should have to be worried about their children being run over because of their faith or identity. Government leaders at all levels have to do a better job of holding these bad actors accountable.”

Cabbie tries to mow down Jewish students and rabbis in Brooklyn.
Elected officials and neighborhood leaders say Wednesday’s attempt to run down Jewish students in Brooklyn was simply the newest in a spike of antisemitic incidents within the Big Apple. Shomrim Flatbush

Asghar Ali, 58, a Pakistani immigrant and Big Apple cabbie, was charged with tried assault as a hate crime, tried assault and menacing within the surprising Wednesday morning incident in Flatbush.

Surveillance footage of the incident exhibits a white 2011 Crown Victoria mounting the curb exterior the Mesivta Nachlas Ykov Vien Yeshiva shortly earlier than 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police stated Ali was behind the wheel, and even circled the block to take one other run at 5 Orthodox students and two rabbis earlier than he was busted in a close by Dunkin’ Donuts parking zone.

The incident comes within the midst of a disturbing rise in antisemitic incidents within the Big Apple stemming from the battle between Israel and Hamas terrorists within the Gaza Strip sparked by a sneak assault on the Jewish State by radical militants on Oct. 7.

Anti-Israel protests have disrupted the 5 boroughs whereas pro-Palestinian encampments at Columbia University and different metropolis campuses have led to violent clashes with police.

“I don’t wear anything that shows that I’m Jewish anymore,” stated Neomi Goureau a 67-year-old enterprise proprietor on the Upper East Side. “I’m hiding.

“It takes me back to the days of my grandparents in the Holocaust, you know? They were hiding and now we are too,” Goureau stated. “It feels like a second Holocaust.”

Hate crime suspect Asghar Ali.
Asghar Ali, 58, is charged with attempting to run down Jewish students in what police say was a hate crime. Simon Gifter
Brooklyn yeshiva.
The Brooklyn yeshiva that was focused by a crazed antisemitic cab driver on Wednesday, in accordance to police. Desheania Andrews

Ben Stone, who owns a espresso store close to the New York University campus, stated his enterprise has dropped 60% as a result of clients are scared off by the close by anti-Israeli protests.

“Protests were half a block away, so anyone sitting outside could hear the chants of intifada while they’re enjoying their coffee, and whether you’re Jewish or not or just a regular New Yorker, you don’t want to hear genocidal chants while enjoying your coffee,” Stone stated.

Wednesday’s attempt to mow down Jewish students and rabbis simply provides gasoline to the hearth, officials stated.

“This is not a random act,” stated Jewish neighborhood activist Devorah Halberstam, who has been a vocal voice in opposition to antisemitism within the metropolis since her 16-year-old son was murdered on the Brooklyn Bridge with different Jewish children some 30 years in the past.

Anti-Israeli encampment at Columbia University.
Wednesday’s assault exterior a Brooklyn yeshiva comes amidst a spike in antisemitism within the metropolis, together with anti-Israeli encampments at Columbia University and different faculties. Melissa Bender/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

“A man used a vehicle to attempt to murder,” Halberstam stated. “It’s very egregious.

“What do we have to do? Wait for people to come out in body bags? Now is the time,” she stated. “I spent the last 30 years fighting against hate, fighting against antisemitism. Silence is not an option. Headlines come and go but victims are forever.”

In a assertion Thursday, a spokesperson for the City Council referred to as the incident “deeply disturbing.”

The NYPD has already introduced tight safety for the upcoming Salute to Israel Parade.

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