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ADL Condemns Hate Crime Against Pakistani Muslim In Brooklyn

New York, NY, November 2, 2006 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned the brutal assault of a Pakistani man in Brooklyn and praised the NYPD and Brooklyn District Attorney's Office for apprehending the alleged perpetrators, five Jewish teenagers, and charging them with a hate crime.

Shahid Amber, 24, was approached by the alleged perpetrators, ranging in age from 15 17 years, who shouted, "You f****** terrorist. Go back to your country," before punching him in the face with brass knuckles.  Mr. Amber was hospitalized and told he would need reconstructive surgery.  Shortly after the incident, the teenagers were arrested and charged with gang assault and a hate crime.

"We condemn this senseless attack and applaud the work of the NYPD in apprehending the alleged perpetrators of this heinous assault on Mr. Amber and by extension on the Muslim community," said Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director.

Mr. Levy also praised the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office for charging the teenagers with a hate crime, stressing that, "This should send a critical message that hate crimes against any community, including the Muslim community, will not be condoned in our city, and that those who commit them will pay a hefty price," Mr. Levy said.

Hate crime statutes have been adopted by 45 states, including New York State.  Many of those laws are based on a model statute crafted by ADL, which has long been in the forefront of national and state efforts to deter and counteract hate-motivated criminal activity.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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