Pandemic gives rise to antisemitic ‘Zoombombing’; Federal hate crime charges filed in Ahmaud Arbery death; NY synagogues vandalized

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April 30, 2021


ADL counted 196 cases of antisemitic “Zoombombing” attacks in the U.S. last year, including 114 against Jewish institutions, according to its annual report released this week. Three Georgia men were indicted on federal hate crime charges in connection with the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot to death while jogging through a South Georgia neighborhood last year. Authorities in New York City are looking for the suspect who vandalized four Jewish synagogues in what the Anti-Defamation League is calling a "brazen series of attacks."

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1) Pandemic Gives Rise to Antisemitic ‘Zoombombing’

“Intruders disrupting video conferences on Zoom and other platforms offset a dramatic drop in antisemitic incidents in more traditional settings, according to the ADL, which provided The Associated Press with a copy of the report ahead of its release.” Associated Press: FULL STORY

+ READ: Audit of Antisemitic Incidents 2020

+ WATCH Jonathan Greenblatt on CNN: U.S. Antisemitic Incidents Reach 3rd Highest Total on Record

2) Three Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

“The suspects — Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and William Bryan, 51, all of whom are white — were each charged with one count of interference with Mr. Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race. They were also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping.” The New York Times: READ MORE

+ ADL tweet: Thank you to AG Garland, @TheJusticeDept and @FBI for working to bringing us a step closer to justice.

+ ADL Hate Crime Map

3) New York Synagogues Vandalized in 'Brazen' Attacks, Surveillance Video Released

“Police released surveillance video of one attack, which took place on Saturday at about 10:45 p.m. The suspect threw rocks at the windows of the Young Israel of Riverdale Synagogue in the Bronx, shattering the glass, the New York Police Department said. Three other synagogues, all in Riverdale, were also targeted, and had broken windows due to thrown rocks, police said.” ABC News: LEARN MORE

+ ADL New York/New Jersey tweet: As we continue to monitor this evolving situation, ADL is now offering $2500, in addition to the NYPD reward, for information leading to the arrest & conviction of the perpetrator(s). If you have relevant information please contact @NYPDTips

+ ADL H.E.A.T Map