“If you’re too scared to physically defend yourself or another in the face of these heinous acts of hate, then don’t ever utter the words ‘never again,’ because you don’t really mean it,” he said. “The reality is that while we can’t control being the target of an act of hate, we can certainly control what our response to it is.”
A Garden City attorney says he will provide criminal defense services to anyone charged with physically defending against an anti-Semitic attack.
The pledge is from Brad Gerstman, the founder and partner of Gotham Government Relations, as well as Gerstman Schwartz, a law firm.
Gerstman is also calling on leaders of all levels to ward off the violence and treat anti-Semitism as terrorism.
The announcement follows a series of anti-Semitic attacks in the region, including a machete-wielding attacker who stabbed five people at a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey over the weekend.
By: Adina Genn