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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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