- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2018

Actress Amber Tamblyn is being called anti-Semitic on social media after she criticized New York City’s Hasidic community following an incident on the street Sunday in which she and her baby were allegedly almost hit by a car.

Ms. Tamblyn, a leading voice of Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement, wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon: “If anyone in Brooklyn near the intersection of Washington Ave and Atlantic Ave just saw a Hasidic man in a grey van try to hit a woman and her baby in a stroller as she crossed a crosswalk, honking and touching the stroller with the car’s bumper, please DM me. That woman was me.”

Several hours later, she added: “Thank you everyone for your kind words of support today. We are fine. But this is not the first time a man from the Hasidic community in NYC has attempted to harm me or other women I know. Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest. I hope this guy is caught.”

Ms. Tamblyn’s words were criticized as racist and anti-Semitic, with one rabbi by the name of Mordechai calling it “an incredibly troubling generalization.”

“Hi Mordechai,” Ms. Tamblyn responded. “This has been my physical experience with several Hasidic men in the 10 years I’ve lived in New York. I said nothing that implied I was talking about ALL Hasidim. Have a good night.”

“Lol I’m married to a Jew. Go ahead and twist my words all you want,” she responded to another critic. “Your misogyny and sexism reeks from here.”

Liberal writer and activist Benjamin O’Keefe chimed in on the debate, saying he is routinely discriminated against by the city’s Hasidic community.

“Honestly every. single. day I have negative experiences in that community and I won’t apologize for speaking that truth,” Mr. O’Keefe wrote. “My partner and I get jeers and spit at. We were denied an apartment without cause. I’ve seen a woman be slapped in an ally [sic] by her husband.”

“I’m so sorry to hear this, Benjamin,” Ms. Tamblyn responded Monday morning. “And I completely agree with you here and will not be silenced or bullied or intimidated by anyone who wants to twist my words into anything other than what it is.”

It’s unclear if the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star reported Sunday’s incident to police. Authorities don’t have any information on the incident, the New York Post reported.

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