Crown Heights community denounces attacks on Orthodox Jews

Illustrative image of ultra Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights Brooklyn New York

Illustrative image of ultra Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights Brooklyn New York

Moskowitz said he walked away from the man quickly but that the assailant caught him and put him in a chokehold and threatened to kill him. "I'm going to have to kill you". "To me it's nearly insulting that anyone would think otherwise", he said.

A 28 Year old Jewish man was stabbed by a Fed Ex worker near the Empire state building Monday afternoon, in the latest attack against Jews in New York City.

Elected officials led by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council joined interfaith leaders and advocacy organizations such as the ADL and JCRC, in denouncing a pair of recent assaults against Orthodox Jewish men in the neighborhood. "I turned around and he jumped me", says Moskowitz.

The burly black man was smoking a cigar when Moskowitz walked past and said hello - prompting a spew of anti-Semitic slurs, followed by a near-death experience at the hands of the attacker. "There are a lot of people unfortunately that hate Jews and want to kill the Jews", said his wife, Channah Moskowitz. "He put me in a headlock and I'm trying to maneuver out of him. Who did you say hello to?'" said Moskowitz. Your fake Jews and you stole all my money and robbed me, and stole my mortgage and my house. "I want to kill you!'" the news website quoted the man as saying. He was later admitted to a hospital with a cracked rib and swelling, bruising and scratches all over his body. Luckily there were two people nearby who ran up to help.

The incident occurred at around 1:30pm on Rutland Road near Schenectady Avenue as the victim was returning home from prayer services at a synagogue in the nearby Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital.

Two nurses - one male, one female - sprung to the overmatched man's aid, giving Moskowitz a chance to escape. Two people walking by jumped in to help, allowing Moskowitz, shaken and injured, to get away.

"It is crucial the Crown Heights community stands together in the wake of these vicious attacks", Bernstein continued, "as the NYPD conducts thorough investigations".

Additionally, the Anti-Defamation League has offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attacks.

"We unequivocally condemn these senseless assaults", said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Division is investigating the attacks. "Hopefully, these rewards will encourage anyone who may have seen something to come forward".

"There's one violent incident after another; one attack after another - always on innocent, vulnerable members of the Jewish community, and always with a racist, anti-Semitic message", said Assemblyman Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn, in a statement.

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