A former New York state assemblyman says every case of antisemitism, including one that recently happened at a middle school in his state, needs to be addressed.
Earlier this month, teachers and other individuals were judging the First Lego Competition in Woodmere, New York. 14-year-old competitors were discussing buildings in bad condition when one mentioned that a local building had been purchased by the United Hebrew Community of New York. One judge immediately responded with a hateful comment about Jews.
"I would love to talk to this person and ask this person, 'Why do you hate,'" responds former Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) of Americans Against Antisemitism. "This person just reacted almost naturally, almost as if it was breathing the air, [with] a horrible antisemitic remark. Think about the children, the young people," Hikind implores.
The situation is so outrageous that Hikind says it deserves an official response from the school board responsible for the event at Woodmere Middle School.
"It can cause a lot of damage," he asserts. "I'm sure it's being dealt with. I'm sure it's being addressed. I know the school board is taking it very, very seriously."
Antisemitism has been on the increase in America and abroad as of late, which is obvious with the attacks that have taken lives and injured others in synagogues. With sufficient evidence like that, Hikind says there is a clear problem with the hearts of some people, so each incident of antisemitism needs to be addressed.