A Chasidic Jewish man was assaulted and robbed in Brooklyn in an incident captured on video and posted on social media.
Authorities said the Tuesday evening attack in the heavily Jewish Williamsburg neighbourhood is not being considered a hate crime because no antisemitic slurs were made, CBS New York reported. New York Police are calling the incident, which was captured on a surveillance camera, a random attack and robbery.
Four men cornered the man, with long sidelocks and wearing a long black coat, then punched and kicked him. The victim, 24, surrendered his cellphone to his attackers.
Brooklyn of late has seen a string of attacks on visibly Jewish people.
Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind in a statement called on the police department to increase patrols in Jewish areas such as Williamsburg “until this wave of violent antisemitism subsides.” Hikind is organising a rally at City Hall Park on Sunday to call for an end to attacks against Jews.
The Anti-Defamation League announced in a statement that it is offering a reward of up to £7971 ($10,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible.
“The video footage of this violent encounter is incredibly disturbing, and we are glad that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is assisting in the investigation of this horrific crime,” said Evan Bernstein, the ADL’s New York-New Jersey regional director. “This incident comes at a time when visibly observant Jewish individuals are unable to walk the streets of Brooklyn without feeling fearful that they may be assaulted or attacked because of their religion or faith.”
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