New York Police Department investigating four alleged anti-Semitic incidents in two days
Four alleged anti-Semitic incidents occurred over two days in New York this week during the celebration of Hanukkah.
On Monday, a 65-year-old man told police that he was punched and kicked near Grand Central Station by another man, who yelled “F— you, Jew” during the attack, CNN reported. One suspect, Steven Jorge, has been arrested on charges related to the incident.
Monday evening, a 67-year-old man told officers that a group of teens allegedly came up to his 6-year-old son and another boy, hitting them in the lobby of a Brooklyn residential building, according to CNN. The boys were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Two incidents also occurred on Tuesday in Brooklyn at 1:40 a.m. and 5:12 p.m.
In the morning, a group of people that has not been identified allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a 25-year-old man on the street. The man accused one of the people of throwing a drink at him, CNN reported.
The later incident occurred when a 56-year-old man alleged he was punched by a group of individuals while he was walking.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating all four of the alleged incidents, according to CNN.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the acts as “despicable” Wednesday.
It’s not enough to condemn anti-Semitism — we have to confront it.
The despicable crimes committed against our Jewish community over the last 24 hours are an attack on ALL New Yorkers.
The NYPD is actively investigating all of them and will bring the perpetrators to justice.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 26, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued a Wednesday statement saying he was “disgusted” by the Manhattan attack.
“I’ve said it before and I will say it again: We have absolutely zero tolerance for bigotry and hate, and we will continue to call it out whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head,” Cuomo said.
The attacks come days after a man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a dorm at Yeshiva University in New York and lighting fires while students slept. A Fire Department of New York spokesperson told The Hill that the incident was not a hate crime.