Police are investigating the assault of a 24-year-old Jewish man at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn as a possible hate crime, the local PIX11 television reported Thursday.
The assault happened around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday on campus in Crown Heights, according to the station. The student, who was wearing a yarmulke (kippah), had finished taking an exam.
The suspect allegedly bumped into the victim while he was standing in the hallway of 1638 Bedford Ave., with a group of people.
Police told PIX11 the victim then took his umbrella, hitting the suspect with it. The suspect turned around and punched him in the face and chest.
The suspect then allegedly said he “doesn’t like white boys” and referred to the victim as a Jew.
The suspect is described as being 6-foot-2 and weighing 220 pounds.
College President Dr. Rudolph Crew issued a statement saying the college has “zero tolerance for this type of behavior and we will do everything in our power to ensure the assailant is found and held fully accountable for these hateful actions.”
The United States has not been immune from the rise in anti-Semitic incidents which has been recorded around the world.
Earlier this month, a Muslim man walked into a Judaica store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, identified himself as a Muslim and shouted "F— you Jews, I’ll kill you all! I'm a Muslim".
He then punched 52-year-old man in the face and ran out, injuring the victim's right eye.
In late November, two suspects distributed anti-Semitic stickers and fliers around dorms at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
The stickers contained images of Nazi swastikas, while the fliers featured offensive, anti-Semitic hate speech, police said.