Man hit with stone in suspected anti-Semitic attack in Brooklyn

Man hit with stone in suspected anti-Semitic attack in Brooklyn
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New York police are investigating a possible hate crime after a Jewish man was allegedly hit with a paving stone in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday morning.

The suspect punched and hit a 63-year-old man with a stone in Lincoln Terrace Park around 7:40 a.m., the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Wednesday. 

The victim, Abraham Gopin, told New York’s CBS2 that the suspect yelled Jewish slurs at him during the incident.

“It was a hate ... he said Jew, Jew. He said something in that direction,” Gopin told the CBS affiliate. “He was for certain looking to kill. No doubt about it.”


Gopin, who said he was jogging at the time, said the attacker “jumped towards” him and was throwing rocks “with full force” toward his head.

Gopin is in the hospital with a broken nose, missing teeth, stitches on his head and lacerations on his body, according to a tweet from his son-in-law, Benny Friedman.

He also shared graphic images from the incident, including a picture of the blood-stained tallit, the traditional prayer shawl worn by observant Jewish men.

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioHow far will New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio go to protect undocumented aliens? The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE, a Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted that police “will find the attacker.”

“The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this despicable act of violence, and we will find the attacker,” he said on Twitter. “This city will stop at nothing to protect our communities from hate and violence.”

He also wished Gopin a “speedy recovery.”

CBS2 reported that the NYPD has received 145 anti-Semitic hate crime complaints in the city this year, more than 88 received at this time last year.