Happy Chanukah from Crown Heights… This from earlier this evening (apx 6 pm) and is being investigated as a hate crime. A young person assaults a Chassidic Jew from behind and another films… pic.twitter.com/RfSvKWQuI9
— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) December 25, 2019
The spate of violent attacks against unsuspecting Orthodox Jews in New York City continued on Tuesday, as a Hassidic man wearing a kippah was brutally assaulted by a group of teenagers who filmed the beating for fun.
The incident took place on Union Street just a few houses off the corner of Kingston Avenue, a bustling spot in Crown Heights, the Jewish community news outlet crownheights.info reported.
The victim had been walking toward Kingston Avenue at approximately 6 p.m. when eight African American teens began following him. Once they closed in on their target, the victim was punched in the head and knocked to the ground. One of the teens filmed the incident on his cellphone.
After the teens ran off, the victim made his way to 770 Eastern Parkway — the headquarters of the Chabad movement — where police were called. According to the Shomrim, a communal security agency, the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is now investigating the incident.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced on Wednesday that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the assailants.
“We are appalled at the sheer frequency and aggressive nature of these incidents,” said Evan Bernstein — regional director for ADL New York and New Jersey — in a statement. “They’re made particularly heinous by the fact they are occurring during a time when society is supposed to come together in peace for the holidays, and as the Jewish community is particularly on edge, reeling from the deadly attack in Jersey City on December 10.”