In a disturbing incident caught on video, a Jewish man was attacked Tuesday evening while walking on a sidewalk in Brooklyn.
“Another brazen assault on a Jewish man in Brooklyn has been caught on video,” CBS New York reported Wednesday. “The hate crime comes as New York City is seeing a spike in anti-Semitic incidents. Officials are worried as each seems more violent than the last.”
Video posted on Twitter by Williamsburg News shows what appears to be a young African American man run up behind a Hasidic Jew walking down the sidewalk — on Rodney Street near Marcy Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — and punch him in the back of the head. The blow knocks the victim’s hat off and nearly knocks him over.
Williamsburg News notes that the attack took place in front of Satmar Jewish school at around 7:30 p.m. The victim — a husband and father — thankfully suffered “no serious injuries,” Williamsburg News reports.
The outlet also provided a close-up shot of the attacker and announced that the New York Police Department is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the attacker. The outlet provides the following contact information: 718-237-0202 or 800-577-TIPS.
CBS talked with the victim’s wife and Williamsburg residents about the apparent hate crime attack. The victim’s wife told CBS’s Lisa Rozner that the family was “traumatized” by the incident and stressed that no words were exchanged between her husband and his attacker, saying he was simply walking to the train station.
One Williamsburg resident who has lived in the area for decades, told the outlet that the situation there is “getting worse by the day” and that he feels increasingly compelled to look “over[his] shoulder” when he’s out.
CBS notes that a similar attack took place in the city in the middle of the day on Saturday, when “a 42-year-old man was punched in the face by a stranger who shouted anti-Jewish slurs at him.”
“A Jewish man wearing traditional religious attire was assaulted by a group of men yelling racial slurs in Williamsburg, cops said Sunday,” the New York Post reported Sunday. “The 42-year-old man told police he was walking on Broadway near Lynch Street on Saturday at about 1:15 p.m. when one of the men punched him in the face and made ‘derogatory racial remark.’ Police sources told The Post one of the men said ‘You f–king Jew’ as they ran away.”
“What we have been seeing unfortunately is an increase in the violence that has been displayed against members of the Jewish community,” the Anti-Defamation League’s Rachel Grinspan told CBS. Along with the reward for information offered by the NYPD for the Tuesday attack, the ADF is offering $5,000 for anyone who can identify the attacker.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported last week on alarming new information released by the NYPD. “In New York City, more than half of all hate crimes reported in 2018 and so far in 2019 were anti-Jewish,” the agency reported. “According to Police Department figures released Thursday, of the 145 hate crimes reported in January through April 2019, 82 incidents – nearly 57 percent – were anti-Jewish. In 2018, there were 353 total hate crime complaints, up from 325 in 2017, and the NYPD made 149 arrests. Of these hate crimes, 186 – or nearly 53 percent – had anti-Jewish bias, up from 151 in 2017.”