A series of attacks on Jewish people have taken place in Brooklyn, N.Y., and they might be part of a disturbing new game called “Knock out the Jew.”
CBS New York reports that police have yet to connect all the incidents, but released surveillance video that shows one group attacking a Jewish man. The video shows from a few different angles the victim, a man in a hooded jacket, getting punched.
“It’s clearly anti-Semitism,” said one man, who claimed his 12-year-old son was attacked in similar fashion. “One, full strength with his fist, whacked him, punched him, on the side of the face, full force.”
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the victims are being attacked because they are Jews and the attacks aren’t muggings and aren’t about money.
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman said he believes the assaults are part of a disturbing game by some African-American teens.
“And they’re playing a game: ‘knockout.’ ‘Knock out the Jew,’ maybe. And they’re going around the neighborhood punching Jews,” Behrman told CBS New York.
Three freshly sprayed swastikas have also been found in Brooklyn recently, suggesting that the attacks may indeed be hate crimes, according to Mail Online. NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attacks and graffiti.