An ultra-Orthodox journalist who covers the religious Jewish community was set upon by participants in a protest against new coronavirus restrictions after the event’s leader ordered the crowd to chase him away.
Jacob Kornbluh, who lives in Borough Park, Brooklyn, was covering an event organized by Heshy Tischler, an aspiring politician. Tishcler has recently risen to prominence as a critic of perceived government overreach in the name of coronavirus against Orthodox Jews.
Tischler has accused Kornbluh of being a “snitch” and posted a tweet in which he held a portrait of the journalist that many reported to Twitter as incitement to violence.
I was just brutally assaulted, hit in the head, and kicked at by an angry crowd of hundreds of community members of the Boro Park protest — while yelling at me “Nazi” and “Hitler” —after Heshy Tischler recognized me and ordered the crowd to chase me down the street— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) October 8, 2020
Kornbluh said he was rescued by community members and police and is safe.
Tischler is running for City Council and works in the construction industry. He also does a weekly call-in show carried on YouTube and Facebook in which political discussion is interspersed with plugs for his business.
Kornbluh received tweeted well-wishes almost instantaneously.
This is terrifying news from @jacobkornbluh. While this may be a small minority within a small community, it is disgusting and those responsible must be held to account for such violence. https://t.co/UnpNaFBuPF— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) October 8, 2020
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Orthodox journalist attacked, chased, called ‘Nazi’ at Jewish Borough Park protest