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NYPD probes slew of anti-Semitic attacks during Hanukkah holiday

The NYPD is investigating incidents described as bias attacks during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

News 12 Staff

Dec 26, 2019, 6:01 PM

Updated 1,639 days ago


The NYPD is investigating incidents described as bias attacks during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
One of the attacks took place on Tuesday in Crown Heights.
Police say a group of 10 to 15 people started yelling anti-Jewish slurs at a Jewish man on Kingston Avenue and threw a drink at him.
Also on Tuesday, a 65-year-old man was punched while the attacker yelled anti-Semitic slurs on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.
On Monday, police say two young boys, a 6 and a 7-year-old, were beaten and harassed by two assailants.
Elected officials are speaking against the attacks. Councilman Chaim Deutsch tweeted, "We can't even get through the 8 days of Chanukah without a hate crime here in NYC."
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted in part, "It's not enough to condemn anti-Semitism — we have to confront it."
Members of the Jewish community tell News 12 being under attack, especially during the holiday season, is not an easy one, but that they look toward a brighter future.
"It's just frustrating really, but everything is a miracle and everything we've got to learn from, and from every attack, we can learn something, and we unite even more," says Sophia Serur, a resident.
The NYPD does confirm there was a fourth attack on a Jewish man early Wednesday morning in Borough Park, where the victim was punched in the face. However, right now that has not been deemed a bias incident by investigators.
Councilmember Chaim Deutsch says the most recent anti-Semitic attack happened on Thursday tweeting out, "It's only the fifth night of Chanukah, but we've just had our sixth hate crime of the holiday. This afternoon, a female physically assaulted another woman in Sheepshead Bay, while referring to her as a "f*****g Jew". TY @NYPD61Pct & @NYPDHateCrimes for the quick arrest."
He told News 12 this points to a larger problem.
Some members of the Jewish community in Crown Heights – where one of those attacks happened - say people are looking over their shoulders.

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