A Jewish ambulance medic was stabbed by an unknown assailant on Tuesday night in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, NBC affiliate 4 New York news reported.
David Katz, 34, a volunteer with the Hatzalah emergency medical service, was hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition on Wednesday.
Police have opened an investigation into the attack but no suspects have been arrested so far.
Police confirmed that the man, possibly wearing a mask, approached the victim from behind and slashed him in the neck with no warning and without a word, before running away. The victim was off-duty and was not wearing a uniform.
"I saw flying lights and sirens and I saw the guy was stabbed, and then I saw police arrive a second later," said Isaac Landau, an eyewitness.
Investigators believe the victim did not know his attacker.
"With the stabbings that are taking place in Israel, we cannot be relaxed when you investigate something of this magnitude, we need to determine if it is a hate crime, and we need to use all the video footage and whatever we can to apprehend the person," said Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president.
In another incident in Crown Heights on Wednesday morning, a Jewish man was approached by an assailant who knocked the phone out of his hand and punched him in the face, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The suspect allegedly said, “I’m tired and fed up of the Jews” to the police who arrested him.
“We are shocked and horrified by these unprovoked violent attacks against Jews,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director.
“Anti-Semitism simply has no place in New York City. We commend the NYPD and Brooklyn Borough President Adams for their quick response to these crimes."
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