Velázquez Condemns Recent Hate Mail Targeting Jewish Institutions
Washington, DC – In the wake of disturbing news reports that hate mail had been sent to the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, Weiss Bakery and several other prominent Jewish institutions throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement:
“Such attacks on our Jewish neighbors are repugnant and have absolutely no place in our City. New Yorkers embrace one another and the fabric of our city is ever strengthened by our diversity. To New York’s rich Jewish community—I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in expressing my sheer outrage at these acts of hate.”
Velazquez has authored legislation that would dedicate additional federal resources to combat the growing prevalence of hate crimes around the country. Her bill, the Hate Crimes Victim Assistance Act, would authorize an additional $50 million in federal funds to help prevent, track and prosecute hate crimes and assist victims.