Jewish man assaulted in Crown Heights

Jewish man beaten and choked while walking home from Shabbat services in Brooklyn.

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An identifiably Jewish man was beaten and choked while walking home from Shabbat services in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, JTA reported Sunday.

The Jewish man was walking home from prayer services at about 1:30 on Saturday afternoon. He told CrownHeights.info that he said “good afternoon” to a man who was smoking a cigar on a street corner.

“As soon as [I greeted] him he began yelling at me ‘you fake Jews, who are you saying hello to? Your fake Jews and you stole all my money and robbed me, and stole my mortgage and my house. I want to kill you!’” the news website quoted the man as saying.

The victim said he walked away from the man quickly but that the assailant caught up with the Jewish man and put him in a chokehold and threatened to kill him.

Two women eventually separated the victim from the assailant and told him to run. He called the Jewish ambulance service Hatzalah from his home, which notified police. The victim sustained a cracked rib along with swelling, bruising and scratches over his body.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack as an assault motivated by bias.

The attack is the second assault in the area in a week. Last week, a Jewish man was assaulted in the same neighborhood as he was walking with another Chabad man late on a Friday night.

The man was attacked by three black men and two black women near the Chabad headquarters. One of the assailants asked the man "do you want to fight?" and began to kick and punch him with others joining in the attack.

A neighbor who heard a man’s shouts for help called the Crown Heights "Shomrim," a local neighborhood watch, who found blood on the sidewalk but not the victim.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced on Sunday that it is offering $5,000 rewards for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the individuals responsible for both attacks.

“We unequivocally condemn these senseless assaults,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director. “We appreciate the leadership of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force who are investigating these assaults as hate crimes. Hopefully these rewards will encourage anyone who may have seen something to come forward.”

The ADL released a report in February which found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States spiked in 2017.

There were 1,986 acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S. last year, according to the report. That is more than double the total from 2015, which was 942. It’s also a 57 percent increase over the 2016 total of 1,267. The audit said that the rise is due in part to an increase in people reporting incidents of anti-Semitism.

The 2017 number includes more than 160 bomb threats sent to Jewish community centers and other institutions early that year. A Jewish teen from Israel has been arrested for making the vast majority of those threats, which were all not credible.

ADL tracked 11 incidents of assaults motivated by anti-Semitism across New York State in 2017, seven of which occurred in Brooklyn.








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