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Jewish Residents Fearful Of More Anti-Semitic Attacks In Brooklyn

October 17, 2018 - 11:38 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There’s a growing sense of alarm in one Brooklyn neighborhood after multiple acts of anti-Semitic violence occurred there over the last week.

On Monday, a Jewish man attempted to cross the street in Crown Heights and was confronted by another man waving around a tree branch.

The seemingly unprovoked assault, and hate crime, happened on Empire Boulevard. The victim was chased and beaten so badly that the branch eventually broke in half. Good Samaritans chased and held the teenage suspect until police arrived.

The attack came a day after another Jewish man was chased and allegedly assaulted by a liver cab driver in Brooklyn.

Both victims needed to be hospitalized for their injuries.

“These disgusting acts of violence have absolutely no place in our city, and no place in our country or our state,” said candidate for State Attorney General Letitia James.

Last year, there were 11 anti-Semitic attacks in New York State. The Anti-Defamation League said Monday’s attack was the 12th attack in 2018. Nine of the attacks occurred in Brooklyn.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch, the chair of the New York City Council’s Jewish Caucus, plans to call on the NYPD to increase patrols and on the Brooklyn District Attorney to pursue hate crime charges against the suspects in the two most recent attacks. Both suspects were arrested and charged following the attacks.

The district attorney says they are continuing to gather evidence in Sunday's attack in Borough Park to present to the grand jury.

Meanwhile, Deutsch has an introduced a bill that would require law enforcement to share information on hate crimes with the City Council.

"Hate crimes are up and obviously we cannot just leave this to the police department," he said. "We need to work in partnership, we need to get to the root of the problem."

A second bill would establish a Hate Crimes Prevention Unit within the NYPD.