New York mayor slams ‘vicious hatred’ against Jews as anti-Semitic attacks continue

NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams vowed Sunday to quell a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in the city after a Jewish teenager was attacked in Brooklyn on Friday night, marking the second straight weekend that New – Visibly Jewish Yorkers were assaulted on Shabbat.

A man jumped out of a van and punched the Jewish boy in the face while a second man filmed the attack from inside the van, the Anti-Defamation League said.

The attack happened around 10:30 p.m. in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Security footage showed a Jewish man and the suspect conversing on a sidewalk.

The suspect then follows the victim down a sidewalk, punches her, then runs down the street and gets into a van.

The teenager does not appear to be seriously injured.

The ADL said the same suspects carried out another assault attempt in the same area.

ADL offered a $5,000 reward to obtain information leading to an arrest in the case.

Mayor Adams said the police hate crimes unit is investigating the attack.

“Make no mistake, an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on all New Yorkers. We will catch the perpetrators of this aggression,” he said.

The attack was one of many anti-Semitic incidents in New York in recent days.

In Queens, vandals wrote “Fuck Jews” on a dentist office sign over the weekend. The New York Police Department was investigating the case as a hate crime.

Adams said the incident was “disgusting at all times but it’s especially outrageous at the end of Shabbat. We won’t let this vicious hate go unanswered.

On Sunday in Brooklyn, a driver smashed the windshield of a Jewish school bus with Hebrew writing on the side.

Security camera footage released by the Shomrim neighborhood watch group in Borough Park showed a black SUV swerving past the bus and coming to a stop at a pedestrian crossing. The driver then got out of the vehicle, ran towards the bus and broke the window. Shomrim said children were on the bus at the time of the attack.

According to reports Saturday, a police brigadier on Manhattan’s Upper West Side was fired earlier this month for making anti-Semitic remarks against Jewish parents and children.

“Push your Jewish kids out on the street and get hit by a bus,” she told a parent, according to the New York Post.

Thusday, the police arrested a 15 year old boy for two alleged anti-Semitic attacks earlier this month. He was charged with three counts of assault and two hate crimes.

Last weekend, New York City police said they were investigating three suspected anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn over Shabbat. Two were physical assaults and one was anti-Semitic graffiti.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she has ordered state police to assist in the investigations.

A series of anti-Jewish incidents in the New York area in recent weeks have included many acts of vandalism such as swastikas, verbal abuse, blasting Jews with snow, spitting on children, and physical abuse.

Hate crimes generally do not lead to arrests in New York. The 198 confirmed hate crimes against Jews in New York last year resulted in just 58 arrests.

Jews are the target of hate crimes by far more than any other group in New York. Anti-Jewish attacks accounted for 38% of all confirmed hate crimes in New York City last year, according to NYPD statistics.

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