Thousands Join SWC Rally Denouncing Anti-Semitic Violence

May 27, 2021

Over 4,000 New Yorkers Rally with Attack Victim Joseph Borgen To Denounce Anti-Semitic Violence; SWC Launches Petition

Photos: Anti-Semitic attack victim Joseph Borgen (left) addresses a crowd of over 4,000 gathered in Cedarhurst, New York

Thousands of New Yorkers rallied last night to show solidarity with attack victim Joseph Borgen and to denounce the wave of anti-Jewish hate crimes across the US by supporters of terrorist group Hamas.

Borgen, who was released from the hospital after being severely beaten on a New York Street for wearing a yarmulke, was flanked by community leaders and a roster of speakers at an outdoor event convened by global Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in conjunction with numerous community groups, elected officials and faith leaders.

Organizers announced a petition drive to amass at least 10,000 signatures to demand that New York and federal hate crime laws be strengthened and to demand social media giants Facebook, Twitter and TikTok do more to block calls for violence against Jews, Asian-Americans and all other minorities.

Sign the petition here

To watch the full rally click here

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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