Jewish Man Assaulted on Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 24: People enjoy a day of sun and sea at Coney Island on one of the warmest days of the Spring on April 24, 2019 in New York City. Many families are still celebrating the Passover holiday which will conclude this Saturday evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

October 9, 2020

An Orthodox Jewish man was beaten during a walk along the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn as his wife and child watched, according to a report in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 

The assault occurred Tuesday afternoon in front of the famous Cyclone roller coaster along the boardwalk, according to Boropark24. The victim was briefly knocked unconscious and needed medical attention.

Shmilu Follman, a coordinator for the Borough Park Shomrim, an emergency response group in the Jewish community, said that Shomrim staff searched the scene but could not identify a suspect. According to Boropark24, the victim described the assailant as a “six-foot tall African-American man.” The victim was punched in the face and suffered a broken nose, requiring stitches.

Assaults against Jews in New York City increased sharply over the past year, alongside an alarming surge nationwide. Last year saw the most anti-Semitic incidents in the United States since at least 1979, according to a recent analysis by the Anti-Defamation League. More than one-fifth of anti-Semitic assaults in the US last year took place in New York State, where about 20% of American Jews live.

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