Amid an array of "knockout" attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood recently, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression, the National Review website reports today (December 5, 2013).
New York City Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo -- who is black -- emphasized that while she "admires the Jewish community immensely" for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently.
"While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success," Cumbo -- who was recently elected -- wrote in a letter.
Chief among the issues causing resentment against Jews could stem from hostility towards Jewish landlords, she added. Cumbo said that she was looking to "offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens" think and how it can lead to the attacks.