By COLlive reporter
The Maccabees are needed in New York…
Jewish residents of Brooklyn and elsewhere are concerned over the recent rise of unprovoked, random attacks against Jewish people.
They point to the fact that these attacks were not theft related, but rather attacks on the bodies or clothing of individuals who are visibly Jewish.
The most recent ones, according to the Jewish Future Alliance, were:
On Friday night in Williamsburg, a Chasidic man standing outside with his young son was attacked. Police said that the 33 year old man was punched in the back of the head with a closed fist by an unidentified man who uttered a single word: blah. The incident took place at 6:40 PM on Friday night in front of 68 Throop Ave.
Last Sunday, just a block away, on the corner of Throop Avenue and Walton, a young Chasidic boy was randomly punched in the face, knocking him to the ground. The child suffered a fractured nose.
On Saturday morning in Crown Heights at around 6:30am, a Chasidic man was assaulted by two males in front of 728 East New York Ave, between Albany and Troy Avenues as the man was heading to Synagogue. The victim was approached by the perps, who without saying anything, suddenly punched him in the face.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms these type of cowardly attacks on innocent civilians and call on the NYPD to drastically increase police presence throughout the community,” said Crown Heights community activist Yaacov Behrman.
“But instead of hosting another press conference and focusing on whether the word ‘hate crime’ should be attached to these attacks, we ask what is going wrong with Brooklyn that innocents are being beaten in the streets? Is there an atmosphere that is encouraging violence or anti-semitism?! And most importantly, what educational initiatives can we launch in the schools to address the issues of violence and hate?” Behrman said.
The NY Daily News reported that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill on Monday asking questions about the increase in anti-Semitic crimes across the city.
Targeted attacks on Jews— including “Kill all Jews” and other messages scrawled in a Brooklyn synagogue, a 9-year-old Hasidic boy being sucker-punched by a stranger and swastikas being spray-painted on the office wall of a Holocaust scholar at Columbia Teachers College — led the collection of politicos to reach out to the city’s top cop, the Daily News reported.
“We commend your individual attitude, leadership and commitment to ensure that such crime will not be tolerated in our city,” the lawmakers write. “Yet, we remain gravely concerned over the possibility of additional local hate crimes targeting New Yorkers because of their ethnicity or religious background.”
On Friday, the NYPD said hate crimes across the city increased, to 322 from 311 last year, with a sharper rise in anti-Semitic incidents — 168 compared with 136 for the same period of time last year. Through November, the task force made 77 arrests vs. 79 over the same period in 2017.
VIDEO: A compilation of recent attacks