N.Y. police investigate string of assaults targeting Jews in Brooklyn
Assailants are playing a game of 'Knock out the Jew,' says local rabbi.
The New York Police Department is investigating a wave of suspected hate crimes directed at Jews in Brooklyn, local media outlets reported Tuesday.
The latest attack, which took place on Sunday, was documented on a surveillance tape released by the NYPD, according to ABC News' New York affiliate, WABC. The video shows a group of teenagers punching a 20-year-old Jewish man in the neighborhood of Crown Heights.
Police detectives scanned the area for more surveillance videos that might help identify the assailants, according to the reports.
The unprovoked attack is one of eight confirmed incidents since September of violence and vandalism against Jews in Brooklyn. In another case that took place on November 6, a 12-year-old boy, dressed in Orthodox Jewish clothing, was reportedly beaten to the ground as his offenders cheered.
According to the reports, neither attack victim was mugged.
Talking to CBS New York, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind emphasized that fact as proof that the acts were motivated by gratuitous anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman of the Jewish Future Alliance in Crown Heights also urged to view the incidents as hate crimes, CBS New York reported. The attackers are "playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe," he said.
All incidents are being investigated by the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force.