A gang attacking a Jewish couple walking down East 63rd Street in Manhattan on Monday evening fled in a convoy of cars bearing Palestinian flags, the New York Post reported.Two cars and several motorcycles pulled up. Someone threw a water bottle at the woman, yelling “anti-Jewish statements,” according to sources cited by the Post.
When her husband came to her defense, he was punched in the head. They were not severely injured. The hate crimes task force is investigating over concern the husband was targeted because of his yarmulke.
The attack was condemned by Councilmen Dan Garodnick and David Greenfield.
“Last night’s apparent bias attack … has no place in this area or anywhere in New York City,” Garodnick said. “We must break the pattern of hate-filled violence against the Jewish community,” added Greenfield.
The attack comes amid a wave of global anti-Semitic activity, as Israel conducts an anti-terrorism operation in Gaza.