New York City has recently been hit by a spate of anti-Semitic attacks perpetrated by black youths in a phenomenon called the "Knockout Game." Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, director of the Jewish Future Alliance, discussed the issue with Arutz Sheva from Crown Heights, New York.
In the "game," also known as "Get the Jew," gangs of black youths seek an unsuspecting vicitm and try to knock them out with one punch. The anti-Semitic attacks have seen an upswing in number since September.
Rabbi Behrman noted that in Crown Heights particularly easily identifiable religious Jews have been targeted. However, he noted that the "game" is being "played" throughout the US, and beyond simple anti-Semitism it bears testimony to a dangerously violent youth culture.
To find solutions to the violence, the Jewish community in Crown Heights held a meeting this week with 50 leaders including representatives from the governor's office and the mayor's office, as well as local African American leaders.
In the round table discussions cultural exchanges between Jewish and Black youths were suggested as a means to increase understanding and stem the attacks.
In the meantime police have increased their presence in the Jewish neighborhoods. Moreover Shomrim, a local Jewish defense group which includes ex-Israeli military members, are actively patrolling the streets.