A Jewish man, who is in his 20s, was punched in the chest this afternoon in an unprovoked attack in the heart of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The attack occurred at approximately 8:00 am, as the Jewish man was walking on Kingston Avenue near Union Street, when a black man walked by and punched him in the chest, and kept on walking.
The victim and passersby called Shmira volunteer patrols, who called the police.
Surveillance footage from a nearby store shows the attacker walking up to the victim and violently hitting him, nearly knocking him over.
NYPD Hate Crimes are currently investigating.
This attack is the third violent incident in the past 2 weeks against Jews in the neighborhood carried out by non Jews. Attacks include a mugging at knifepoint and a Jewish man punched and thrown to the ground.
The incidents are causing many to worry about what seems to be a troubling uptick in violence in the area which is home to many Chasidic Jews.
Yaacov Behrman of the Jewish Future Alliance told 1010 Wins that the attacks have people living in fear.
“What’s wrong with our society, what’s wrong with Crown Heights that innocents are being beaten in the streets? Is someone preaching hate? Is there an atmosphere that is encouraging violence and anti-Semitism?” he said.
Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council met with Officers from the NYPD 71st Precinct following the incident, to discuss concerns of residents’ and visitors’ safety.
“In response to these incidents, the NYPD, with the help of 71st Precinct Commanding Officer Frank Giordano and Chief of Brooklyn South Brian Conway, has assigned extra patrol cars throughout the neighborhood, particularly on Kingston Avenue, beginning tonight. They have also assigned community affairs and anti-terrorism officers around 770,” he said.