Hasidic Jew Targeted in Apparent 'Knockout' Attack

British visitor, 65, is attacked from behind in Brooklyn after leaving a wedding.

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Three Hasidic rabbis in New York, U.S. (illustration)
Three Hasidic rabbis in New York, U.S. (illustration)Credit: Bloomberg

A British Hasidic tourist assaulted in Brooklyn on Tuesday may have been a victim of a "knockout" attack, CBS News in New York reported.

According to the report, the 65-year-old man was attacked in Borough Park after leaving a wedding. He was attacked from behind, hit in the head and tossed to the ground.

"Knockout" attacks, as their name suggests, are assaults where perpetrators attempt to knock a victim to the ground with one blow, usually for no apparent reason.

Last November, the New York Police Department investigated a wave of suspected "knockout" attacks against Jews in Brooklyn, consisting of at least eight incidents.

In January, a Brooklyn resident was indicted for suspected "knockout" assaults of five Jewish women. 35-year-old Barry Baldwin was charged with "viciously punching" the women for no apparent reason.

Though according to CBS the attack on Tuesday was not labeled as a "knockout" attack by the police, New York City Councilman David Greenfield (D-44th) said it appears to be one. He was attacked from behind by two individuals, brutally attacked, Greenfield was quoted as saying, adding that he wanted to know if the man was attacked because he was Hasidic.

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