A Jewish man wearing a yarmulke was attacked in a heavily-Jewish neighborhood in South Brooklyn earlier this week in what appears to have been an unprovoked assault.
New York’s Pix 11 reported that the assault took place on Avenue J in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood.
The video was first circulated by Yeshiva World News, an Orthodox publication and noted that the neighborhood’s Shomrim volunteer watch and the New York Police Department are on the lookout for the unidentified black man who assaulted the 55-year-old pedestrian.
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The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime “out of an abundance of caution,” though they have not yet determined if the attack was anti-Semitic in nature.
The attack took place after an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in New York City, including the phrase “kill all Jews” being graffitied inside a reform temple, several fires being set to Jewish schools and synagogues in a single night and swastikas being spray-painted in Jewish neighborhoods.
Earlier in the week, the NYPD began circulating images of a group of teens and preteens who allegedly carried out a string of attacks on Jewish people in Brooklyn.