Brooklyn bigots: String of senseless hate crimes have left Williamsburg Jews in fear of attack

Cops are hunting these men for attacking a Jewish man in Williamsburg on May 4.
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Williamsburg Jews suffered a string of senseless attacks earlier this month, leaving members of the neighborhood’s Orthodox Jewish community fearing for their safety, according to a local rabbi.

“People merely walking on the streets here feel like sitting ducks, worrying that they must look over their shoulder in fear of being hurt because of their faith,” said Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg.

A group of men attacked a 42-year-old man wearing religious garb on Lynch Street near Broadway at 1:15 p.m. on May 4, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, before socking him in the face, according to police.

Three days later, a teenager snuck up behind an Orthodox Jewish man on Marcy Avenue near Rodney Street at 7:03 on May 7, when he brutally sucker punched the man, before fleeing, cops said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the May 7 attack Wednesday morning, charging with him assault as a hate crime, according to police.

Both attacks come at a time when hate crimes citywide are soaring, with 145 hate crimes reported between Jan. 1 and April 30, a 67-percent increase over the 87 reported hate crimes reported during the same period in 2018.

Of those, more than half targeted Jews in the first quarter of both 2018 and 2019, with 82 attacks against Jewish New Yorker’s this year alone.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo chimed in to condemn the attacks, and offered the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force state resources to help track down the culprits.

“This abhorrent act of hate-fueled violence is deeply disturbing, especially in the wake of a reported spike in hate crimes and anti-Semitic incidents over the past year,” Cuomo said.

The rise in hate crimes occurs during an outbreak of the deadly measles virus in Brooklyn, which has largely been confined to Williasmburg’s Orthodox Jewish community, and has infected more than 460 people borough-wide.

In April, a Jewish man accused an MTA bus driver of attempting to refuse him service on the B57 line in Williamsburg, and then shouting about the measles after he was able to run down and board the bus.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 2:33 pm, May 15, 2019
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Chad says:
You can find the perp at the Second Chance Saloon on Fridays.
May 15, 2019, 2:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I'll be there beating up Chad. Cool name, bro. LOL
May 15, 2019, 3:37 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Once again, no matter what Bill de Blasio says about these incidents, 95% of the time here in NYC the suspects resemble de Blasio's son.
May 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Meir says:
Don't they have private security patrols like the ones in boro park and midwood?
May 15, 2019, 5:06 pm
Mensch says:
They need to start using the buddy system there. Strength in numbers. A little help from the old JDO boys would be a nice deterrence. Where have they gone?
May 15, 2019, 5:11 pm
LaQwerty Jones from Red Pilled says:
These thugs have been empowered by Ilhan Omar, that hideous Rashida woman and that reptile Ocasio-Cortez. They target Jews and Whites. Thanks Democrats! Why do normal Jews keep voting for the party of crime? Time to #walkaway.
May 15, 2019, 7:41 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
Scum comes in every color and creed, whether it’s lowlife cretins like the violent turds above, or willfully ignorant anti-vaxxer a-holes putting kids at risk, or white supremacist traitors like the orange gorilla in the Oval Office.
May 16, 2019, 11:01 am
Ariel claude from Md says:
Jews have fear because they refuse to learn self defense, carry a weapon, maze, knife, or even a fork... Today in the 21st century, in the USA or anywhere else in the world, a Jew should! And have no fear being protected by the second amendment.
May 16, 2019, 11:05 am
Johnson from Bushwick says:
Attacks on orthodox Jews in BK these days might have less to do with the faith of these individuals, and more to do with orthodox families very visibly profiting off gentrification. It's common knowledge that the "plastic" building remodels that have happened all over BK are often owned by Hasidic people. This can cause resentment towards orthodox Jews by the communities that have been pushed out. They are an easy scapegoat for the greater problem of gentrification.
May 16, 2019, 2:59 pm
Ralph kramden says:
Measles and bedbugs are back because of unneccsssary legal and illegal immigration.
May 16, 2019, 4:17 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
The only thing Jewish people fear is being targeted by racists while they are alone and vulnerable. These assailants are cowards who I suspect would not confront a bunch of hasidic youths their own size. If they did, they would get their teeth kicked in.
May 16, 2019, 5:55 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Sheepshead Bay. says:
I'm not scared . I will not be intimidated by the media who inflame us with the smallest of incidents. 80% the 82 anti-Semitic act in NYC this year were non directed , swastica scrawls .The incidents mentioned does not mean the return of Kristelnact. In fact in one of the incidents, the man cited was not punched, he had his hat knocked off and fell. He immediately got up and chased the perpetrator , who was caught and it turned out he was a teenager pulling a very nasty prank. Hardly a case of a real hate crime. Prosecute, fine , put on probation and mandate community service. With all the real crime in the world today and all the murders and violence we all face, lets not trivialize anti-Semitism with such petty acts. . The media,politicians, and special interests are not our friends. they are making the situation worse by acting as chicken littles and boys who cry wolf.
May 16, 2019, 6:08 pm

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