A Petition to the Honorable Bill DeBlasio, Mayor of New York City:
We are writing to express our deep concern for the rise of antisemitism in New York City. As Bible-believing Christians, we find this to be especially disturbing, as we believe the Bible, penned by our Jewish spiritual forefathers, forms the very bedrock of the American values we cherish.
Antisemitism is not merely racism, though this would be cause enough for our concerns. Antisemitism also strikes at the very core of our faith and belief that the Jewish people are important to our country, and to God Himself!
We want to see antisemitism stopped internationally, but we need to start with our own backyard!
In the month of December alone, there have been numerous reports of antisemitic attacks:
- Jersey City: Two suspects killed a police officer and three people inside of a Kosher grocery store.
- Upper East Side: A 65-year-old man was struck in the face after the suspect made an antisemitic remark, then was kicked while on the ground.
- Brooklyn, New York: A 34-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son were attacked in Brooklyn by someone who yelled antisemitic slurs and hit the mother in the head.
- Brooklyn, New York: A 25-year-old Jewish man was harassed by a group yelling curses and threw a Slurpee and antisemitic epithets at him.
- Brooklyn, New York: A Jewish man in his 50s was punched in the back of the head by a group of six people, simply because he was evidently Jewish.
- Monsey, New York: On the seventh night of Hanukkah, five Hasidic Jewish people were transported to local hospitals after being stabbed by a man armed with a knife.
As a concerned citizen of the United States, I will continue to pray for you and your duty to protect all New Yorkers, including Jewish New Yorkers!
Antisemitism is a blight on the reputation of our country as a place for freedom of religion. I am asking you, as the leader of this great city, to proactively implement procedures and policies to STOP ANTISEMITISM NOW!
As people of faith, we will pray for you and the extraordinarily important job you have in protecting all citizens of New York City and, at this time and of particular concern, the largest Jewish community in the world!
As the Scriptures tell us in Psalms 122:6,
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”