ADL Condemns Apparent Bias Crime On Turkish Man In Brooklyn

New York, NY, June 29, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned an attack that occurred over the weekend in Brooklyn in which a Jewish man allegedly attacked his Turkish neighbor in an apparent bias crime. 

According to authorities, during an encounter near their neighboring homes in Mill Basin, Simchon Schwartz poured a beer over the head of Mustafa Turan's wife.  When Turan intervened, Schwartz allegedly punched him in the face and made anti-Arab statements, including calling the couple "Arab terrorists."

Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement: 

We condemn this violent assault against a Turkish man in Brooklyn in the strongest terms.  Attacks such as these are a sad reminder that people in our community continue be singled out because of their appearances or religious beliefs. 

We commend the New York City Police Department and its Hate Crimes Task Force for their quick response in apprehending the perpetrator of this possible hate crime.  Brooklyn is a community of great diversity and we must not stand for such senseless, ethnically-motivated violence. 

Schwartz was charged with assault and assault as a hate crime.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.