GOP candidate for governor of New York, Rep. Lee Zeldin, RN.Y, argued on “Fox and Friends Weekend” Sunday that Democrats need to do more to speak out against anti-Semitism.
Zeldin argued two days later when cameras caught a Jewish man assaulting him on his way to a Brooklyn synagogue, a vicious act that later directed Governor Andrew Cuomo to assist state officials with the investigation.
Anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes in general have increased this year, reported The New York Post.
The Post, citing data from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), reported that anti-Semitic attacks accounted for 113 attacks this year, a 69% increase from 67 last year.
On Sunday, Zeldin explained what he believes are the reasons for the spike in anti-Semitic attacks.
He pointed to New York’s cashless bail law.
“Someone was recently charged with more than 40 offenses of sabotaging a synagogue, eventually being arrested and then immediately released under the state’s cashless bail law,” Zeldin said.
The supervised release by a judge in the Bronx Criminal Court, citing a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, came hours after Jordan Burnett was ordered to be on bail for 42 charges of alleged Bronx synagogue vandals, in Bronx Criminal Court. Supervised release by a judge was allowed. .
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Under previous New York law, prosecutors would determine whether to recommend bail or agree to release the defendant on his identity. The case judge will then decide. Defense attorneys typically argue that bail would be unreasonable, or should be set at a lower amount, which the judge would take into account.
Under current law, courts are now prohibited from granting any monetary bail or detaining defendants and a long list of felonies before trial in almost every type of misdemeanor case.
Zeldin also pointed to the “defunding police movement in New York City last year” – arguing that there was a billion dollar cut from the NYPD – as another reason for the increase in anti-Semitic attacks.
Last year, New York City lawmakers voted on budget changes that moved $1 billion from the New York Police Department to programs that aid youth and community development.
The city council said in a statement that the city’s 2021 budget will include $837 million in New York Police Department (NYPD) spending budget cuts and transfers, which, when combined with associated costs, removes $1 billion from NYPD spending. is.
Zeldin said another effect resulted from “local prosecutors not charging certain quality-of-life crimes”.
“You now have criminals being encouraged where handcuffs are on law enforcement rather than on criminals,” he insisted.
Zeldin also explained the “second reality”, that of people expressing “what is raw anti-Semitism” or “hatred for Jews”.
He insisted that local leaders – at the city and state levels, as well as in Congress – should publicly condemn anti-Semitism.
“Within the Democratic Party, especially right now, they need to do more to speak out against it because it is being empowered, elevated and embraced,” Zeldin argued.
Zeldin, co-chair of The House GOP Israel Caucus, repeatedly called on Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Min. for his anti-Semitic remarks.
Speaking on “America’s Newsroom” earlier this month, Zeldin said she believed she would continue to make anti-Semitic remarks and should be removed from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
A spokesman for Omar did not immediately respond to LBL’ request for comment.
LBL’ Ron Blitzer, Peter Aitken and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.