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Brooklyn community on high alert following string of anti-Semitic attacks

October 17, 2018 - 8:17 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Brooklyn community is on high alert after multiple acts of anti-Semitic violence happened over the past week.

On Monday, a Jewish man attempted to cross the street in Crown Heights and was confronted by another man waving around a tree branch.

The seemingly unprovoked assault, and hate crime, happened on Empire Boulevard. The victim was chased and beaten so badly that the branch eventually broke in half.

The attack came a day after another Jewish man was chased and assaulted by a liver cab driver in Brooklyn.

Both victims needed to be hospitalized for their injuries.

Last year, there were 11 anti-Semitic attacks in New York State. There have already been 12 so far in 2018, and nine of them happened in Brooklyn.

In addition to the Brooklyn attacks, police are also trying to figure out who painted at least two swastikas along Morningside Drive Tuesday night.

“We don't want to see any kind of trend of anti-Semitic assaults or hate in New York City or beyond,” Evan Bernstein, of the Anti-Defamation League, told ABC7 News. “And the fact that this is looking like it's almost becoming normalized is incredibly disturbing to us.”

Councilman Chaim Deutsch, the chair of the New York City Council’s Jewish Caucus, plans to call on the NYPD to increase patrols and on the Brooklyn District Attorney to pursue charges against the suspects in the two most recent attacks.

Deutsch is also proposing legislation that would require all city district attorneys to report hate crimes to the city council. His other bill would establish a hate crime prevention unit in the NYPD.

"A crime prevention unit that goes around to different schools, that goes around to community centers, and basically their job should be crime prevention on hate crimes," he said.

Both suspects were arrested and charged with hate crime assault following the attacks.