The New York Police Department is seeking a suspect caught on camera assaulting a Jewish man in the borough of Brooklyn in broad daylight on Monday, the crime was reported by NY media on Friday, after NYPD released video surveillance footage of the thug.
The suspect shouted an anti-Semitic remark at a Hasidic man, then punched him in the chest and dealt him a blow with a broken piece of furniture.
The victim complained of pain to his back and chest but refused medical attention at the scene. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force investigation is ongoing.
The NYPD published a video on Twitter showing part of the incident.
WANTED for an Assault: On Monday July 5, 2021 at approx.. 11:35 A.M., in front of 100 Martin Luther Jr. Pl @nypd79pct a 25 year old male wearing traditional Jewish garb was approached by a unk. Individual who made anti-Jewish statements and assaulted victim. Call @ 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/xDzwryJhar
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) July 9, 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter to condemn the incident.
“I am disgusted to learn of yet another attack against a member of our Jewish community in broad daylight,” Cuomo said in a statement Friday. “This is anti-Semitism, plain and simple. It’s abhorrent and unacceptable, and these hateful acts have absolutely no place in New York.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, pointed out that there has been a 50% increase in anti-Semitic acts in the United States since the 11-day escalation between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist movement which controls the Gaza Strip.