As reported earlier on YWN, two Jewish teens were the latest victims of an anti-Semitic assault in Brooklyn. Now, another Hasidic man has come forward to say he was the victim of a similar attack, possibly by the same suspects.
The incidents occurred early Saturday morning at around 1:30AM. The two 16-year-old boys were walking home from the Skulener and Bobover Rebbes’ Tisch, near the post office at 12th Ave and 51st Street in Boro Park. They report 4 men in a vehicle (with TLC plates) drove up and yelled “Allah Akbar”, sending them running away in terror.
The car sped up after them, and one of the men yelled “Do you know Hitler? We love Hitler!” before driving away.
On Sunday, a Hasidic man in his thirties came forward to say he was a few blocks away at around the same time as the initially reported incident, when a vehicle matching the same description with 4 men inside drove up. He says they shouted “Allah Akbar” and “[expletive removed] Jews!” at him before driving away.
The two teens were terrified, and one of the boy’s parents reached out to Dov Hikind right after Shabbos to let him know what happened.
Hikind tells YWN that he accompanied them to the local NYPD precinct (66th) where they filed a report. The case is being referred to the NYPD’s Bias Unit as the use of a vehicle constituted a physical threat. The second incident has been reported to the police and added to the ongoing Hate Crime investigation.
“What in God’s name is going on out there?” Hikind told 1010WINS. “Where is this hate coming from?”
“It’s happened. Again. Jews harassed for the horrible crime of being Jewish on the streets of New York City,” Hikind said in a press release on the incident.
“To say this is horrifying, or that it’s unacceptable is meaningless in the face of events that seem to be totally out of control. There aren’t enough words to continuously express shock, outrage, and discontent with the unfolding situation of antisemitism in America, and particularly in New York City. The “wake up” period won’t last forever, and soon enough we just may find ourselves well beyond the point of no return if we do not take immediate and serious action against antisemitic violence and harassment anywhere and everywhere it manifests.
Will any leader stand up to the task? All indications are they’re out to lunch.”
HASIDIC TEENS HARASSED IN BROOKLYN: 4 MEN IN CAR YELL “ALLAH AKBAR” AND “DO YOU KNOW HITLER? WE LOVE HITLER!”
We must deal with the source of antisemitism pic.twitter.com/PfBBgNE3b6
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 19, 2019
Fmr Assemblyman @HikindDov points out spot in Borough Park where a car with four adults pulled up alongside 2 teens and someone shouted “You know Hitler? We love him.” #1010WINS pic.twitter.com/LccW5NYgvp
— Roger Stern (@NYRogerStern) May 19, 2019
— Alexander Rapaport (@AlexRapaport) May 19, 2019
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