NYPD: Gang of teens attack boy in latest act of anti-Semitism

November 07, 2018 - 9:04 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A gang of teenagers whose calling cards are anti-Semitic violence and vandalism have struck again in Brooklyn, police say, this time targeting a boy walking down the sidewalk.

Surveillance video released by the NYPD shows the group of teens knocking the hat off of the 14-year-old Hasidic boy in Bedford-Stuyvesant before running away. 

Cops believe they’re the same teens who pushed a 10-year-old girl to the ground and threw a pipe through a synagogue window in recent days.

Neighbor Ari Hershkowitz expressed dismay to CBS New York.

“I wish there was something that could be done,” he said. “Whether we can get together and speak, whether it’s through our community members.”

Another resident added: “We’re supposed to be a progressive city, but people still do what they do.”

Police have been studying different surveillance videos of the gang, and they may be closing in.  

The attack on the 14-year-old is just the latest act of hate in the boroughs. Last week, a 26-year-old man from Bed-Stuy was arrested after police say he scrawled anti-Semitic messages in a synagogue, including, "die Jew rats." And the NYPD is investigating hateful graffiti found at the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan

The NYPD released preliminary data Wednesday showing that hate crimes were on the rise over the past month, with Jewish people the most likely target. Hate crimes against Jews saw a 29 percent increase year over year, with 159 this year and 130 last, the data shows.