A Jewish male was attacked by a young black man at Medgar Evers College on Wednesday evening in Crown Heights.
The victim, a student at the school on Crown Street between Bedford and Franklin Avenues in Crown Heights, was talking with other students in a hallway of the college’s science building at approximately 7:30 pm when he was approached by a black man who punched him in the stomach and face and yelled anti-Semitic remarks at him, police said.
The victim, who was wearing a Yarmulka, asked, “why did you hit me,” to which the attacker replied, “I don’t like Jewish people or white people.”
The victim did not require hospital treatment.
NYPD and College Campus security responded to the scene, and have secured witnesses and surveillance footage of the attack, which they will be reviewing in the hopes of identifying the attacker. It is not known if the assailant is affiliated with the school.
The incident is being treated as a hate crime by police.
Medgar Evers’ campus security personnel have been fully cooperating with the NYPD. Borough President Eric L. Adams and Medgar Evers President Rudolph Crew have directed their staffs to assist the victim in any way necessary and have offered their assistance to the NYPD as they seek out the assailant.
Following the incident, Dr. Crew spoke with members of the Crown Heights community, and said he is taking the incident “very seriously,” a source told COLlive. “The school President said that if it turns out the attacker is a student of the school, he will be immediately expelled,” the source said.
“This was an awful act of violence and of ignorance,” Dr. Crew said. “While such incidents are fortunately rare on campus, even one is too many. To attack someone because of his or her race or religious beliefs is appalling. I want to make it clear that we have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and we will do everything in our power to ensure the assailant is found and held fully accountable for these hateful actions.”
Dr. Crew also commended a young Muslim woman standing with the victim at the time, who came to the defense of the victim. “The fact that a Muslim woman came to the defense of an orthodox Jewish man is a true reflection of the values that permeate this great institution,” he said.
“Medgar Evers College has no tolerance for hate, and neither does Brooklyn,” Borough President Adams said. “We are a diverse community that will grow stronger and more united in the face of an isolated incident of ignorance.”
“While the details around this event remain unclear we are asking students at Medgar Evers to come forward with any information leading to the arrest of this person,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo. “This incident is in no way a reflection of the student body at MEC who have had a long history of welcoming students of all races and religions.”
Dereck Skeete, Dean of Enrollment Management, says he cannot recall a similar incident ever taking place at Medgar Evers.