Beating Is 4th Anti-Semitic Incident in NYC in a Week

In latest, a man was attacked outside a synagogue
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2019 10:11 AM CDT
NYPD Investigates 4th Anti-Semitic Incident in a Week
People pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in the Queens borough of New York, on July 2, 2019.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A man was beaten with his own belt buckle outside a synagogue on Saturday in what is believed to be at least the third physical attack in a week on the Jewish community in New York City's Brooklyn borough. A fourth incident involved anti-Semitic graffiti. In Saturday's assault, the unnamed victim told police he was attacked by two men who'd been drinking alcohol outside the synagogue in Midwood around 8pm, reports News 12. The men reportedly pushed the Jewish man to the ground, took off his belt, and whipped him in the face with the buckle. Though police didn't describe any hateful language, former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind said in a tweet that the young man—treated at the scene by paramedics—was "called a 'F***ing Jew' and then belted over the head with a metal belt buckle" in "another violent anti-Semitic hate crime."

Two days earlier, an Orthodox Jewish man in traditional Hasidic clothing said he suffered an eye injury when he was struck by a chunk of ice while driving in Brooklyn's Crown Heights, per the New York Daily News. And two days before that, a rabbi was beaten with a paving stone while jogging in the area. Abraham Gopin, 63, suffered a broken nose and lost several teeth in the Aug. 27 attack, per New York. "He was for certain looking to kill," Gopin said of his assailant, whom he said uttered "Jew, Jew … something in that direction." Anti-Semitic graffiti was also found Friday at a beach club in Queens, per NBC New York. Police were investigating 145 anti-Semitic crimes across the city, which hosts the largest Jewish population in the country, as of Aug. 25. That's a 64% increase from the same time last year, per the Daily News. (More New York City stories.)

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