Orthodox Jewish Man Severely Beaten in Brooklyn
An Orthodox Jewish Man was severely beaten and choked this past Saturday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in what is being described as an anti-Semitic assault.
52-year-old Menachem Moskowitz was unwittingly attacked while walking home from Shabbat services this weekend. In the video, the attacker runs behind Moskowitz and jumps on him, punching him in the eye before pushing him up against a fence and attempting to strangle him.
Moskowitz had been walking home around 1:30 PM when he greeted a man who was smoking a cigar on the street. As soon as he said hello to the man, he began yelling “you’re fake Jews and you stole all my money and robbed me, and stole my mortgage and house. I want to kill you!” Moskowitz walked away but the attacker followed him before attempting to strangle him.
“I turned around and I see that he’s right behind me and he jumped me. And then he said, ‘I hate Jews,’” Moskowitz told CBS. “He put me in a headlock and I’m trying to maneuver out of him. In the meantime, I’m screaming ‘Help! Help! Help! Help!’ He says, ‘You don’t need help. I’m going to kill you right here.’”
Two passersby stopped the attack and told Moskowitz to run while they held back the attacker. Still, Moskowitz was left with a black eye, cracked rib, and bruises all over his body.
NYPD’s Hate Crime division have opened an investigation into the attack as a bias-motivated assault but have still not yet apprehended the individual who attacked Moskowitz.
This was the second attack against Jewish men in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn this past week. Two Friday’s ago, another Orthodox Jewish man was assaulted while walking past the international headquarters of the Chabad movement. Three men and two women, approached the Orthodox man asking, “do you want to fight?” before jumping him and punching him in the face.
Crown Heights, Brooklyn is home to one of the largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the United States. The recent upswing in anti-Semitic violence has put Jews in both Crown Heights and Brooklyn on edge.
A recent study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) claimed anti-Semitic attacks in New York State rose over 90% in 2017 with more than half of the attacks taking place in Brooklyn. The ADL is also currently offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrests about the attack.