Monday, July 12, 2021
A Hasidic man was attacked with a piece of broken furniture and subjected to antisemitic insults in an apparently racially motivated assault in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant last Monday.
According to the New York Police Department, which tweeted a video of the incident on Friday, the victim, a "25-year-old male wearing traditional Jewish garb," was accosted by an unknown assailant "who made anti-Jewish statements and assaulted" him in broad daylight and in front of at least one witness.
The video showed the suspect smashing a drawer from a dresser left on the curb against a building's stoop and using one of the shattered pieces to attack the victim.
The New York Daily News reported that the suspect called the victim a "f***ing Jew" and demanded to know why he was "coming into my neighborhood."
Democratic Mayoral candidate Eric Adams, who is running to replace outgoing Democratic Mayor Bill De Blasio, called on anyone with information about the assault to contact the NYPD, adding that New York City "must do more to prevent these violent, antisemitic attacks against our Jewish neighbors."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that he was "disgusted" to learn of another attack against the Jewish community and said that he had directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force "to offer assistance in the investigation."
"This is antisemitism, plain and simple. It's abhorrent and unacceptable, and these hateful acts have absolutely no place in New York," he declared. "To the Jewish community of New York, we are with you. We will fight to ensure you can walk safely down the streets of our state anytime, anywhere. Hate will never win here."
This is the second time in recent months that Cuomo has publicly tasked state police to work on an antisemitism related issue. In late May, he directed the law enforcement agency to reinforce security at Jewish institutions in the New York City area following a spate of violent incidents targeting Jewish residents coinciding with the recent military confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
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