NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An estimated 10,000 people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday in a solidarity march supporting Jewish communities amid a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and the region.
The "No Hate, No Fear Solidarity March" started at 11 a.m. in Foley Square. Marchers were going over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn.
Thousands of marchers filled the streets holding up flags, signs and fists. Among those attending the march were Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Attorney General Letitia James.
“There’s a rise of anti-Semitism, not only in the United States, but from around the world. And it’s just, we need to just confront it totally and unequivocally without any conditions,” Blake Flayton said.
Flayton was wearing a pink yamaka representing the Jewish and LGBTQ communities, two communities he says have faced an uphill battle in equality and justice.
“It’s definitely scary for us to have our children be outside synagogue or go into Jewish schools knowing that there are people that would come out and try to hurt them just because they are Jewish children,” one mother attending the march said.
Cuomo said what has happened in Brooklyn and Monsey in recent weeks “was an attack on every New Yorker. And every New Yorker has felt the pain.”
The governor announced his legislation to set aside $45 million towards protecting houses of worship in the state.
“To know the history of the Jewish community is to love and appreciate the Jewish community, because New York would not be New York without the Jewish community,” Cuomo said.
A machete attack at a Hanukkah party in Rockland County last month left five people injured; one of the victims is fighting for his life. Just weeks before that, a shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City left three people dead, including a store owner, store worker and customer. And over the past few weeks in Brooklyn there has been a spike in anti-Semitic crimes, with more than a dozen reported over the past couple weeks. Mayor de Blasio declared a "crisis" of anti-Semitism while visiting a synagogue on the Upper West Side on Saturday.