The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was deeply disturbed by an apparent anti-Semitic attack at Camp Karlin Stolin, a Jewish summer camp in Highland, New York, and praised the Town of Lloyd Police Department for a quick response and arrest of the suspected perpetrators.
According to reports, three 18-year-old assailants threw bottles and coins at campers and staff. Two of the perpetrators are being charged with a bias crime for aggravated harassment and conspiracy. The third suspect is facing a conspiracy charge.
“If the reports are accurate, this incident is deeply disturbing and particularly troubling because it targeted a summer camp where youth gather to experience a fun, healthy and safe environment,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “The fact that this act was committed at a Jewish summer camp clearly reflects what can only be described as hate and strong anti-Jewish feelings of the perpetrators.”
Mr. Bernstein added, “We commend the Town of Lloyd Police Department for their swift response to this disturbing incident. The attention shown to this investigation and quick arrest of the suspects sends a message to the Highland community that acts motivated by anti-Semitism will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
According to the ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents which tracks both criminal and non-criminal acts of anti-Semitism, New York State experienced a 14 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, including 20 incidents in Westchester, Rockland County and upstate.