Three Assaults Against Jews Reported In New York Just Over 24 Hours
(JTA) — A Jewish man wearing a yarmulke was physically and verbally assaulted in Manhattan in one of three assaults against Jews in New York in just over a 24-hour period.
A Miami man was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime for an attack late Monday morning about two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, New York Police Sgt. Lee Jones told CNN.
The alleged assailant, Steven Jorge, 28, reportedly punched the 65-year-old victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then kicked him repeatedly. He also allegedly yelled “F**k you, Jew” at the victim, who was looking at his cellphone when the attack began, CBS New York reported.
The NYPD Bias Unit is investigating, according to CBS.
The attack was one of three assaults against Jews in New York in 24 hours, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Instances of anti-Semitic hate crimes have spiked in New York this year. Hate crimes against Jews appear to be getting more violent, while Orthodox Jews are overwhelmingly targeted for such assaults.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Jewish man was assaulted by a group of teenagers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. The teens followed the victim down the street, with one hitting him in the head and knocking him to the ground.
A police report was filed over the incident and the case was referred to the Hate Crimes Task Force, according to the local news website Crownheights.info. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, according to the report.
The third incident was reported as a case of aggravated harassment in Brooklyn, according to the ADL.
“We are appalled at the sheer frequency and aggressive nature of these incidents,” said Evan Bernstein, regional director for ADL New York and New Jersey. “They’re made particularly heinous by the fact they are occurring during a time when society is supposed to come together in peace for the holidays, and as the Jewish community is particularly on edge as it’s reeling from the deadly attack in Jersey City on Dec. 10.”