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Leonard Petlakh. Anti-Semitic attack on Jewish leader

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli protesters attacked Leonard Petlakh when he was leaving Barclay's Center after the basketball game between Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi, Tel Aviv. They screamed, " Free Palestine!" and " Your people are murderers!" while beating a prominent Jewish leader who is an Executive Director of Kings Bay Y center at Nostrand Avenue.

He was attacked in front of his sons, 10 and 14. The crime was recorded on security camera and was witnessed by about hundred people.

I am outraged beyond belief about this anti-Semitic attack. If they could do it right here in Brooklyn (!) against one of the well-known leaders of the Russian Jewish community and in front of hundreds of people, then none of us can feel secure in the United States of America.

If this attack would have happened in the former Soviet Union, then I would probably not be surprised. But the whole point of emigrating here for my family was to escape anti-Semitism.

I talked to Lenny Petlakh over the phone. He does not feel well and still has a swollen face. Lenny continues to take painkillers. His friends took him to Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured nose and cuts under his eye that required eight stitches (!).

But Lenny is a very strong person who would always defend and support America and Israel. He is not a coward.

I hope police will find the attacker ASAP. Otherwise, this story will send a chilling message to the whole community.

Ari Kagan


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Poster: Ari Kagan
July 19, 2015

I am glad to inform our readers that police arrested the attacker Shawn Schraeder in Sent Louis, Missouri. Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson charged Mr. Schrader with hate crime, battery and assault. A trial date is expected by the end of 2015.

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