ADL Honored DA Who Let Jew’s Attacker Off Easy

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, center, surrounded by his legal team, speaks to the media — December 6, 2022. (Julia Nikhinson / AP)

Anti-Jewish attacks skyrocket a year after the ADL honored Manhattan’s current attorney general Alvin Bragg

Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg negotiated a sweetheart plea deal for a Muslim terrorist, Waseem Awawdeh, who savagely beat a Jewish man in a gang attack in 2021. Despite wearing a T-shirt with “Palestine” on it when he was arrested, and vowing that “I would do it again,” Bragg got Awawdeh’s sentence reduced from seven years to just six months.

Waseem Awawdeh, 24, was charged in the anti-Semitic gang assault on Joseph Borgen during Middle East protests in New York City — May 21, 2021. (Steven Hirsch / The New York Post)

As The New York Post reported, “A spokesperson for Bragg’s office defended the deal… claiming Awawdeh did not initiate the attack but rather was the sixth person to join and left before it was over.”

It would seem, then, according to Alvin Bragg, that if you beat and kick a Jew, who has been already beaten and is lying on the ground, in the face or head, that’s not so terrible. The message to Jew-hating thugs in New York: it’s open season on Jews. That message has been understood clearly. Attacks on Jews in New York increased by 41% in 2022.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) promotes itself and the “Defense Department” of the Jewish community. Have they campaigned against Bragg? Have they educated the community about this man whose actions encourage thugs to attack Jews? No! In 2021, the ADL’s New York branch congratulated Bragg “for speaking out against rising antisemitism.” The ADL posted a Chanukah message from Bragg, writing, “Thank you[,] Manhattan District Attorney-Elect Alvin Bragg for speaking out against rising antisemitism…”

 

Why does the ADL abide Bragg and his policies that are harming Jews? The no cash bail policy is a leftist “anti-racist” idea which aims to put fewer people in prison for “lessor crimes.” The ADL is wedded to the left and its “anti-racism” ideology, even, it seems, when this includes letting people off easy when they beat Jews so severely that emergency hospital treatment and lengthy recovery periods are required.

The ADL is betraying the Jewish community. It’s past time they had a serious, painful re-think:

Jews do not have the option of letting attacks on us increase another 41% in 2023.

Please (politely) contact the ADL’s central office, as well as your own regional branch, and tell them that this is unacceptable. Real Jews on the street are paying the price for their leadership failure.

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