Brooklyn Jewish Man Attacked by Assailant Yelling ‘I am Tired of the Jews’
Another Jewish man was assaulted while being subject to antisemitic insults on Wednesday morning in Crown Heights, Brooklyn just hours after an off-duty volunteer for the Hatzalah EMS service was stabbed in the back nearby.
According to local blog CrownHeights.info, the 49-year-old man was assaulted on his way to synagogue around 6:00 a.m. His attacker slapped the man’s cell phone out of his hands, and then punched him in the face, saying, “I am tired of the Jews.”
A neighbor who heard the commotion and ran outside to inspect the situation said he heard the attacker shouting about how he was “fed up with the Jews.”
Hatzalah rescue workers treated the man on site, saying he suffered a bloodied nose.
Cellphone video footage seen by CrownHeights.info showed police handcuffing a man who admitted to having slapped the cellphone out of his victim’s hands because he was “tired of all the Jews.”
The attack happened just a few hours after an off-duty Hatzalah volunteer was stabbed in the back in Crown Heights by an assailant who fled the scene. Police have yet to announce any suspects.
Zaki Tamir, Chairman of the Board of the local Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, told The Algemeiner on Tuesday, “People have to be very vigilant; there are no coincidences here. There are a lot of people who hate us, and the haters are going to use every excuse they can to come after Jews.”
“I don’t know if it is a hate crime or mugging, but it’s hard to imagine it is an isolated incident,” he said.
Police were treating both incidents as possible hate crimes.
Antisemitic attacks in New York — the city with the largest Jewish community in the world — were up 21 percent in 2014, according to the Anti-Defamation League. State Senator Michael Gianaris noted the rise in antisemitism in a press release on Monday for legislation meant to punish companies or individuals boycotting Israel.