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ADL Offers $5K Reward For Info On Brooklyn Anti-Semitic Attack Caught On Video

The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information in connection to an assault of an Orthodox Jewish man in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In the incident caught on video Tuesday evening, a man sucker punched a visibly Jewish man near the headquarters of the Satmar Hasidic group.

“The shocking video footage of the assault on a Jewish man in plain daylight shows the perpetrators of these despicable acts feel emboldened,” ADL New York/New Jersey regional director Evan Bernstein said in a statement. “This is the second alleged anti-Semitic assault we’ve seen during the past week alone. We cannot allow anti-Semitic assaults to become the new normal. ADL remains committed to continuing our efforts with all New Yorkers to help stop this unacceptable anti-Semitic violence.”

Williamsburg and other Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations have seen a surge in attacks on Orthodox Jews, who wear distinctive clothing. Last week, a Jewish man was punched in the back of the head and called a “f***ing Jew.” The ADL has offered a $5,000 reward for information on that incident as well.

According to the New York Police Department, more than half of all hate crimes reported between January 2018 and April 2019 were anti-Semitic in intent. And according to the ADL’s 2018 audit of anti-Semitic incidents, New York state saw 43% of all reported anti-Semitic assaults nationwide despite only having 25% of the country’s Jewish population.

Contact Aiden Pink at [email protected] or on Twitter at @aidenpink.

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