Crown Heights, NY – After yet another unprovoked assault on a Jewish boy in Crown Heights last Wednesday, the NYPD is stepping up its investigation into what one local rabbi has called, a disturbing game of “Knock Out The Jew.”
CBS NEW YORK (http://cbsloc.al/1hDWJ4M) reports that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that while it’s too early to say they are all related, last Wednesday’s assault is the 7th reported incident since September in which Jews have been assaulted either verbally, physically or with graffitit.
Police recently released surveillance footage of a hooded Jewish man simply walking down the sidewalk only to be sucker-punched by a passing group of men who appeared to be African-American.
A 64 year-old Jewish father, who asked that his name be withheld, said his 12 year-old son, who was dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, was also sucker-punched last week.
“It’s clearly anti-Semitism. One, full strength with his fist, whacked him, punched him, on the side of his face, full force,” the man said of the attack on his son.
The man said once his son hit the pavement he heard a celebratory yell from the marauding group, which he called, “A hysterical, happy shout, ‘We got him,’” the man said describing the reaction of the attackers.
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, executive director of the Jewish Future Alliance, said of the boy, “He was actually holding an expensive camera. And they punched him and nothing was stolen.”
Berhman alleges that gangs of African-Americans are behind the attacks.
“And they’re playing a game: ‘knockout.’ ‘Knock out the Jew,’ maybe,” said Behrman. “And they’re going around the neighborhood punching Jews.”
Behrman also blasted the NYPD for having yet made any arrests in the incidents.
“We are extremely disappointed that no arrests have been (made) in any of these seven incidents,” Behrman said. “We call on the NYPD to increase their efforts, to include larger police presence during prime hours and to distribute posters with identifying information to insure the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Commissioner Kelly said the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is actively investigating the incidents.
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