Brooklynites march against anti-Semitism after Bay Ridge attack


Scores of southern Brooklynites marched in Bensonhurst on Sunday to denounce anti-Semitism in response to a physical attack last week on two 21-year-old Jewish men, allegedly because they were wearing sweatshirts bearing the name of Israel’s military.

The march, organized by new Councilmember Inna Vernikov, brought dozens of people out to 86th Street and Bay Parkway in solidarity with Blake Zavadsky and Ilan Kaganovich, who say they were physically assaulted and called slurs on Dec. 26 while attempting to shop for sneakers 86th Street Foot Locker in Bay Ridge. They say it was because Zavadsky wore a sweatshirt bearing the insignia of the Israel Defense Forces, the Jewish state’s controversial military.