The Hate Crimes Unit of the New York City Police Department confirmed on Monday that it was investigating three assaults on orthodox Jewish men that took place earlier in the day.
The three men were attacked early on Monday morning by unknown assailants in Brooklyn while making their way to synagogue services. Several similar incidents have been reported in recent months, with assailants targeting the increasingly fearful orthodox Jewish communities in the borough.
The men–– aged 71, 67, and 56 — were separately assaulted in the Williamsburg section. In all three cases, the men were punched in the face, ordered to give the attackers their money, and then had their pockets searched.
The teenage attackers are still being sought. Video of the alleged assailants released by the Williamsburg Shomrim — a community security organization — showed up to four young black men gathering at a pedestrian crossing.
The string of assaults in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn came on the heels of what is being treated as an antisemitic assault on Friday night in Crown Heights for which one man was arrested and charged with a hate crime.
According to NBC 4, Kenya Dean reportedly started arguing with a 26-year-old Chassidic man about 7 PM on Friday. Subsequently, Dean broke a glass bottle, made antisemitic remarks, and sprayed an unknown substance on the victim, causing him pain.
A second Orthodox man has been attacked with a rock in Brooklyn, just three days after an assailant yelled “Jew” before attacking the first victim.
Rabbi Avraham Gopin was exercising in Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights on Tuesday when he was attacked by a man who used a large paving stone to hit him in the face, breaking his nose and knocking out two of his teeth.
It was followed on Thursday by a rock thrown through the driver’s side of a vehicle being driven by an unnamed Orthodox Jewish man as he waited at a traffic light. The rock hit in the eye and causing lacerations to the head.
Speaking to CBS in New York, Rabbi Gopin, 63, described how the attacker had swung a rock “with full force towards my head.
“He said ‘Jew, Jew’. He said something in that direction…he was looking to kill. No doubt about it”
The rabbi said the man “jumped on me and start to fight with me, trying to knock me in the face – probably, I would say, 20, 25, 30 times with his fists, and I was protecting myself.”
Good (at least we see some mild weaponry upgrades!) but not good enough. Again, why attack old Jews? They are not likely to reproduce any more than they already have, therefore such attacks are likely to be of little demographic consequence even if lethal. I repeat: the most demographically efficient attacks are those which have the effect of preventing Jewish reproduction which would otherwise be likely to occur. It’s not rocket science.
But at least our enemies are reacting as we are hoping they would:
And to be perfectly honest, most of these biased, hateful criminal acts were perpetrated by blacks…..who are usually reported as the vulnerable victims of hate carried out by “White Supremacists.” In our town, it’s they who are the hateful attackers and the Jews, the hapless victims.
We must acknowledge that the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright among many other African American Jew haters have done their job. And we Jews have the responsibility to wake up to the reality and come to the inevitable conclusion that the black community is no longer, if they ever were, on our side. Tough to do, but it’s got to be done.
The sooner Jews as a whole stop absurdly pretending to be “non-white”, the sooner the correct lines of battle can be drawn.
From the 1890s, when the city first established elementary and high school districts, through to the 1960s, public education was a mainstay of the Jewish community. But when school demographics began to shift as working class Latino and African American populations burgeoned, many Jewish families pulled out of public schools and migrated to the private realm.
“[Busing] drove a huge number of Jews from the public schools,” said local author and Jewish Journal columnist Bill Boyarsky. “Parents were not comfortable sending their children to a school where their kid might be the only white person in the class.”