Second Jewish Man Assaulted in Brooklyn in Less Than a Week

The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests in both cases.
July 22, 2020
People walk through the Orthodox Jewish section of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn on Dec. 31. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A Jewish man reportedly was assaulted on July 16 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the second assault of a Jewish man in Brooklyn in less than a week.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New York/New Jersey said in a July 21 statement that the July 16 assault occurred as a Jewish man wearing a kippah was talking on his cellphone while he was walking down the sidewalk. The perpetrator allegedly struck the Jewish man in the face with either a bat or a stick.

On July 12, three males ages 18 to 20 shouted anti-Semitic slurs and repeatedly punched a 51-year-old Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn, the Algemeiner reported.

ADL New York/New Jersey Deputy Regional Director Alexander Rosemberg said that the ADL is offering two separate $10,000 awards for any information leading to the arrests of the perpetrators of the recent anti-Semitic assaults.

“These attacks remind us of the violence we saw in 2019, when ADL recorded 430 anti-Semitic incidents in New York including 35 assaults, most of which took place in Brooklyn,” Rosemberg said. “As the city is beginning to open up from COVID-related restrictions, we need to send an unequivocal message that these horrific and hate-motivated acts of violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released data in January showing that anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City increased 24% from 2018 to 2019.

UPDATE: A spokesperson from the NYPD told the Journal that the victim was 35 years old and refused medical attention. The alleged perpetrator has been “described as a male, dark complexion, 6’0” and last seen wearing dark colored clothing.” The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the matter.

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