Police probe more anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn; one video shows man being punched, hit with chair​

Adam Warner
January 01, 2020 - 1:48 pm
Anti-Semitic attack Crown Heights

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The NYPD is investigating surveillance videos of Orthodox Jews being attacked in Brooklyn over the course of an hour last week—the latest in a series of street attacks on members of the Jewish community in recent weeks.

The attacks took place in Crown Heights on Christmas Eve, authorities say.

In the first video, a group of men confront a 56-year-old Hasidic man on Union Street. One of them punches the man in the back of the head as another records the attack, according to police.

In the second video, recorded minutes later, a group of men attack a 23-year-old Hasidic man on Albany Avenue, near Lincoln Place. The man is hit with a chair, punched in his face and menaced with a stick, the video shows.

CBS2 reports that the NYPD believes the two attacks may have been committed by the same group.

“Is it going to stop? I mean, so far the pattern is things seem to be getting worse,” resident David Weissman told CBS2.

There were at least 10 attacks on Jewish people in New York City last week alone. Five people were also attacked with a machete at a Hanukkah celebration in Rockland County on Saturday, and a few weeks ago three people were shot and killed at a kosher market in Jersey City in an attack being investigated as domestic terrorism.

The NYPD is increasing its presence in Williamsburg, Borough Park and Crown Heights to combat the problem of anti-Semitism. The city is also adding more light towers, security cameras and new curriculum for kids in school.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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