BROOKLYN – Brooklyn elected officials Monday expressed outrage at the terror attack on a Jewish school in southern France that has left at least four people dead.
Meanwhile, the NYPD has stepped up security at synagogues and other Jewish sites in the wake of the attack. Police spokesman Paul Browne said Monday that there are no specific threats in New York. But he said that as a precaution, police have increased patrols in Jewish neighborhoods. Brooklyn has one of the largest concentrations of Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, in the U.S.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn/Manhattan) said, “I am absolutely horrified by the senseless and cowardly act of violence at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, France. That Jews continue to be targets of hate and violence by lunatics and feeble-minded anti-Semites is despicable. And that a madman would single out children is unspeakably depraved and tragic.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) and several City Council members representing Brooklyn districts held a rally in front of Hikind’s office Monday to protest the violence. With Hikind were Council Members Mathieu Eugene (D-Flatbush), Lew Fidler (D-Canarsie/Marine Park), David Greenfield (D-Borough Park/Midwood) and Michael Nelson (D-Brighton Beach/Sheepshead Bay) as well as leaders of the Borough Park and Flatbush Shomrim (community patrols).
“We cry for the victims and their families,” said Hikind. “And at the same time we must express our gratitude to Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD who have done an exemplary job of keeping our streets safe from terror in the wake of September 11 and the random acts of terrorism that have followed worldwide.”
“We must all stand together to condemn this crime,” said Eugene. “I will continue to stand with you all to make sure that such things do not happen again.”
“I get to go home and hug my child tonight,” said Fidler. “This tragedy is felt by all of us.”
Republican attorney David Storobin, who is running against Fidler for state Senate, said, “We mourn for the victims. I remember the horror we felt when my great-uncle, a 70-year-old middle class doctor, was murdered for the same reason as these people — for being Jewish [in an incident in the former Soviet Union]. I know that in my family, while the pain and the fear subsides, it never goes away.”