Dov Hikind

Dov Hikind

Men In Car Chase Jewish Teens In Brooklyn, Yell 'We Love Hitler'

May 20, 2019 - 8:45 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Men in a car harassed two Hasidic teens leaving a Sabbath gathering in Brooklyn in the latest reported act of hate targeting the Hasidic community.

The 16-year-olds were walking home around 1 a.m. Saturday, near 12th Avenue and 51st Street in Borough Park, when four men in a car with TLC plates drove up to them.

Hikind says the men yelled “Allahu Akbar” and “We love Hitler” at the teenagers.

Related: Anti-Semitic Assaults Up 55 Percent In New York, More Than Doubled In U.S. Last Year

“These kids are terrified,” Hikind said. “They start running. The car chases them to the corner. And then they say, ‘You know Hitler? We love Hitler. He did a great job.’”

The same group also approached a 30-year-old man in religious attire, according to police.

Hikind says the spate of hate in Brooklyn Jewish communities is frightening and becoming all too common.

“Very scary stuff,” he said. “I don’t believe it’s being addressed properly, you know, we make a speech and we move on to the next incident. It becomes a statistic. We’re not really dealing with what’s going on. Why is this happening?”

Attacks on Jewish people in New York City rose 82 percent in the first four months of 2019, according to the NYPD.

On Monday morning, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes a crisis. He stood with Orthodox Jewish leaders, pledging the City Council's help through the Office of Hate Crime Prevention, which was created in January to help coordinate agencies, interfaith organizations and other community groups.

Johnson is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio's to fully fund the office in the upcoming budget.

"What do we do? Do we watch the numbers grow? No. Do we hope that the hate goes away? That is not likely anytime soon," Johnson said.

Rabbi David Niederman, who heads the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and Brooklyn, thanked the council speaker and praised his well-publicized efforts to quit smoking.

"Quitting smoking is hard, but you did it. Stopping anti-Semitism is very hard, but with your leadership, we are going to achieve that," Niederman said.