Thursday, June 03, 2021
NYC Council candidate Harold ‘Heshy’ Tischler says he was punched in attack outside his Brooklyn home
Controversial City Council candidate Harold "Heshy" Tischler says he was attacked by two men outside his Brooklyn home Wednesday afternoon.
Tischler — who last month pleaded guilty to inciting a Brooklyn riot where a reporter was beaten by a Hasidic mob — said a man stepped out of a gray sedan outside his Borough Park home and threatened him.
"I think we're going to get you. We know where you live," the man said, according to Tischler.
Tischler, who was sitting in his vehicle waiting to pick up his granddaughter, told police that when he got out of his car and recorded the man with his phone, the man slapped the phone out of his hand, an NYPD spokesman said.
A second attacker then stepped out of the sedan and punched him twice in the head, Tischler told police. The duo then got back into the sedan and fled.
"We're taking this seriously. We have a good lead," a high-ranking police source told the Daily News. "We look forward to making an arrest."
Tischler said he believes one of the attackers was a pro-Palestine protester who confronted him at him at a George Floyd memorial event last week.
"Borough Park is the safest neighborhood in New York City. We have two community patrols. Nobody can come in here and get away with this," Tischler said. "The guy has the nerve to think he's a terrorist to come to our neighborhood and try to kill me."
Though he initially refused medical attention, Tischler said he was planning a trip to the hospital Wednesday night because he felt dizzy and had a headache with blurry vision.
"I'm a big guy. They're not taking me down. Not until I get elected," he said.
Tischler is one of seven candidates running for City Council in Brooklyn's 48th District, which includes several Orthodox neighborhoods in south Brooklyn. The seat was previously held by Chaim Deutsch, an Orthodox politician expelled from the council last month after a guilty plea to tax fraud.
Tischler's guilty plea last month came after he was accused of urging demonstrators to target journalist Jacob Kornbluh at a protest over COVID-19 restrictions.
The same week he was arrested, Tishler made headlines for a viral video in which he denounced Mayor de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray as a "kurva" — Yiddish for whore — and described her as a "retard woman."
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