Crimes in New York: The NYPD Hate Crimes Activity Drive is investigating two anti-Jewish incidents in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN (WABC) – The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating two anti-Jewish incidents in Brooklyn that may be linked.
The first incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Saturday in front of a synagogue in Borough Park.
Authorities said three men shouted anti-Jewish statements in a blue Toyota Camry parked in front of the synagogue.
The police said they had “Free Palestine! Kill all Jews!” in the case of four male victims standing outside the village.
The four victims then entered the synagogue and locked the door. At that point, two of the men left the Toyota Camry and began knocking on the synagogue’s front door.
They couldn’t get in.
On the way back to their vehicle, police said they kicked and destroyed the side mirror of a car parked near the synagogue.
Then they got back into the Camry and drove off. The police released pictures of the men they are looking for:
New York State MP Simcha Eichenstein tweeted about the situation.
Earlier today, outside this Shul on 16th Avenue, Orthodox Jews were molested by a group of men shouting “Free Palestine – kill all Jews”.
We hear of several similar incidents that occurred over Shabbos. These perpetrators must be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/gEkhKpTqpC
– Simcha Eichenstein (@SEichenstein) May 23, 2021
Not too long after that, a second potential bias occurred on Ocean Parkway in Kensington.
According to the police, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old man were approached by two unidentified men who asked the victims to make anti-Jewish statements.
Authorities say the suspects physically assaulted the youth, hit them on the head and put them in a stranglehold.
According to police, the victims were able to run away when they were followed with baseball bats.
A blue Camry had fled the scene.
The victims entered District 66 and were treated there by EMS
Former New York State MP Dov Hikind commented on the attack.
BREAKING: I just got a call about 2 Jewish teenagers who were surrounded by an angry mob with baseball bats on Ocean Pkwy & 18ave (6pm to 7pm) who demanded that they sing “Free Palestine” before beating them!
They were rescued by a Muslim Uber driver who took them to safety at NYPDHateCrimes
– Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 23, 2021
The incidents and other reports of harassment against Jewish New Yorkers fueled fears of anti-Semitic violence related to the 11-day war between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza.
More than two dozen people were arrested, including for hate crimes, after pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed in Times Square on Thursday.
On Monday Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was forecasting arrests “in the next few days”.
“I’m not going to speak for the NYPD, but after being fully briefed, I would say you will see an arrest in the next few days,” he said. “The pattern was very clear, with hate crimes and with all crimes. NYPD has had a remarkable track record of finding crime suspects over the past few years. Much more resources are available than before. I am very confident We will have the presence stay there as long as necessary. I definitely expect a lot of presence through Shabbos, we want to make sure people are safe. We want to stop this pattern, show that anti-Semitism is not accepted. “
De Blasio met with community leaders in the parish on Sunday to discuss the incidents.
He assured Orthodox leaders that anyone who commits hate crimes will be arrested and prosecuted.
“The perpetrators of these incidents are found,” said de Blasio. “We have talked about it at length. You will be found. You will be prosecuted. You will face the consequences.”
Department head Rodney Harrison said he would “do it.”
We had a meeting with each of our district leaders to make sure the attendance was there, “Harrison said.” Misconceptions are, if you need to take officers from other locations to make sure this is covered then do so. That is where the mistake was made. We’ll fix it and you will see a big difference in the future. “
Harrison also pledged to step up policing in Orthodox neighborhoods.
“If you choose to commit a hate crime in this town, my detectives will catch you,” said Harrison, who joined the mayor on Sunday. “We will take you into custody and hold you accountable.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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