Man Attacked on Shabbos in Williamsburg

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An image of the suspects from surveillance-camera footage.

A chareidi man was brutally and verbally attacked late on Leil Shabbos in Williamsburg.

The assault occurred at 1:15 a.m., on Broadway near Lynch Street. The victim, 42, was assaulted by four men, who were also making anti-Semitic comments. The man sustained bruising and swelling to his face, but did not seek medical attention.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

The suspects are described as three male Hispanics in their early 20’s; and one male black, in his early 20’s, wearing a black du-rag.

In a statement released Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he was “appalled and disgusted by the apparent attack on a Jewish man in religious attire in Williamsburg. This abhorrent act of hate-fueled violence is deeply disturbing, especially in the wake of a reported spike in hate crimes and anti-Semitic incidents over the past year.

“In New York, we have zero tolerance for such abhorrent acts of anti-Semitism. Crimes like this are not just wrong – they are illegal. I have directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to provide the NYPD with any resources needed to assist in the investigation to ensure those responsible are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The governor said that “we will always stand with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism in all its forms.

“There is no place for hate in our state, and we must continue to stand united against the cancer of division and hate spreading across our nation.”

The Anti-Defamation League reported last week, shortly after the fatal attack on the Chabad of Poway, that violent attacks against the Jewish community in the United States doubled in 2018, while overall attacks that also include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels.