By COLlive reporter
Two young Jewish boys were the victims of an apparent hate crime in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles this past Shabbos.
Yanky Munitz reported that his 2 sons, aged 11 and 13 years old, were walking to their cousin’s house at approximately 2 PM when they were shot at with a paintball gun from a passing vehicle.
The paintball was shot from a black Honda sedan, which hit the 11-year-old boy in the chest, leaving both boys extremely “shocked and shaken,” the father told COLlive.com. He called the incident “a despicable hate crime against two innocent boys whose only ‘crime’ is being proud Jewish boys.”
A police report was filed with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Munitz said.
While the boys were shaken, the father said they are resolute “to continue displaying their Jewishness and being proud Jewish kids.”
“Antisemitism of any kind, especially targeting children, should not and will not be tolerated,” he said.
There has been a spike in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions across the United States in recent weeks.
The increase in attacks reported by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) happened as Israel was defending itself from rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
Jews have recently been attacked on the streets of New York City and Los Angeles, and other incidences happened in New Mexico, Illinois, Florida, and Arizona.