July 20, 2019

Jewish Man Punched in Chest in Crown Heights

Screenshot from Instagram.

A Jewish man was punched in the chest as he was walking in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights on Wednesday morning.

According to COLlive, the man, who is in his 20s and was wearing a kippah, was punched by another man, for what seemed like an unprovoked attack. The suspect, who is reportedly black, continued to walk away after he punched the man.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and are sifting through surveillance footage.

The reported incident comes after a 19-year-old Jewish man was reportedly punched in the face and thrown to the ground by a teenager on Saturday. The teenager allegedly asked the Jewish man, “Do you want to fight?” before throwing the punch.

The NYPD is putting additional patrol cars in the neighborhood in response to the recent incidents.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents surged by more than 90 percent from 2016 to 2017.