Assault on Jewish Man Walking to Brooklyn Synagogue Investigated by NYPD as Hate Crime

A still image from the surveillance footage of an assault and robbery of a Jewish man in Brooklyn, New York, July 16, 2021.

July 18, 2021

An investigation has been opened by the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Division after a Jewish man was physically assaulted and robbed by two assailants while walking to synagogue in Brooklyn early Friday morning.

The 41-year-old victim was punched in the face several times and had his bag and prayer shawl stolen during the incident.

Both of the assailants wore hoods and masks during the attack, which took place near 1910 New York Avenue before 6 A.M.

Blood was seen on the ground afterward.

Surveillance footage of the incident was published by Shomrim, a private Orthodox Jewish security patrol.

Speaking at a Shabbat service last month at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that about 35% of the more than 300 hate crimes investigated by the NYPD this year had been deemed antisemitic.

In May, during the flare-up of Israel-Gaza violence, New York City experienced several violent antisemitic incidents, including the beating of a Jewish man by pro-Palestinian demonstrators near Times Square and a fireworks attack in the Diamond District.


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