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(New York Jewish Week) — Two violent antisemitic incidents occurred in New York City over the weekend. One involved a 21-year-old Hasidic Jewish man who was beaten in Williamsburg; the second incident involved six Jewish boys on the Upper West side who were threatened by teens carrying a machete and other weapons.
The unprovoked incidents are the latest acts of violence amid a rising wave of antisemitic hate crimes across the city.
On Friday night, a group of teens beat a 21-year-old Hasidic Jewish man near 58 Gerry St. in Williamsburg, according to the NYPD.
The incident was caught on video, which shows six males throwing a traditionally-garbed man into a parked car while punching and kicking him to the ground. Police said there were no “prior words of provocation” between the victim and the attackers.
The victim sustained minor injuries and the attackers ran off, police said. A 16-year-old from the video was arrested on Saturday after being recognized by an officer in relation to a previous carjacking, the Daily News reported. The teen was charged with gang assault and assault as a hate crime, police said.
WANTED for AN Assault in front of 58 Gerry Street. #Brooklyn @NYPD90pct on 4/1/22 @ 7:55 PM without and prior words or provocation, the individuals punched and kicked the Hasidic victim about the body, forcing him to the ground Reward up to $3500Call 1-800-577-TIPS. CONFIDENTIAL! pic.twitter.com/6W6kfQbU1d
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) April 2, 2022
Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City have quadrupled this year: Eighty-one have occurred as of March 27, a dramatic increase from 20 at the same point in 2021, according to according to ABC7 New York.
Hate crimes in New York City as a whole rose 100% in 2021, which also saw an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
The Anti-Defamation league is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals responsible for the reported assault in Brooklyn.
In a press release, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director Scott Richman said he was “shocked at the viciousness of this incident.”
“Nobody should be subjected to hateful violence on the streets of New York,” he said. “We must do everything in our power to help authorities identify and apprehend those responsible, and we must also work together in order to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place.”
Numerous politicians spoke out against the attack, including Comptroller Brad Lander, New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Kathy Hochul.
I’m outraged by this act of violence against a Jewish New Yorker. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.
I am directing the @nyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the investigation in any way possible. https://t.co/lFxcGZORTy
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) April 3, 2022
Meanwhile, City Council member Gale Brewer said there was an antisemitic attack targeting 8th and 9th grade boys on the Upper West Side on Saturday.
Three teens armed with a crowbar, a knife and a machete allegedly threatened six boys, ranging in age from 12 to 16, simply because they were Jewish, Patch reported.
Brewer told the New York Jewish Week that the attackers spewed “horrific” antisemitic language at the group of Jewish kids.
She added that the NYPD and the Hate Crimes Task Force responded to the incident. “It’s all very upsetting,” she said. “This has to stop. We have to do more in schools. It’s just horrible.”
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York CEO Gideon Taylor told the New York Jewish Week he is “sadly not surprised” about this weekend’s antisemitic hate crimes. “The Jewish community is as resilient as we are varied, but we need more,” he said.
He called for a more visible police presence in neighborhoods and a strong educational framework within the community. “We need to make sure that everyone in New York can live together in safety and harmony, regardless of what they look like,” he said.
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