The tight-knit and Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, NY are facing an onslaught of hate and violence. New York City Councilman and Jewish Caucus Chair Chaim Deutch called it an “epidemic of hate” and urged the Jewish community to not shy away from publicly displaying their observance.
If you are visibly religious, you might be hearing others suggest that you change your garb, dress differently, or hide your affiliation.
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We will fight the epidemic of hate in New York City, and we’ll do it without compromising our values. https://t.co/PFR6aY4UeN
— Councilman Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) September 2, 2019
The Jewish communities in Brooklyn are facing battles every day, but mainstream media is silent. The most recent attack was on Sunday morning as a father and his eighteen-year-old son were entering their synagogue, according to the Jerusalem Post. Before they were able to enter, however, a group of three intoxicated men began stabbing them with box cutters. According to the paper, the attack occurred in the Kensington section near Borough Park. The two were taken to a nearby hospital and are said to be stable.
On Saturday, an orthodox Jewish man was attacked outside of his synagogue as the Jewish Sabbath was ending in the Midwood neighborhood, according to CBS2 New York. Two attackers who had been drinking engaged the man in a “verbal dispute” that quickly became physical when one of the attackers pushed the man to the ground and began hitting him with his belt.
Disturbing images of victim’s bloodied clothing after being brutally attacked with a brick. Chassidic victim still hospitalized with broken nose and teeth knocked out. @NYPD77Pct @NYPDHateCrimes investigating. pic.twitter.com/rBcuCZMrCI
— Yaacov Behrman (@ChabadLubavitch) August 27, 2019
Last week, the New York Police Department responded to a similar attack in which a man threw a stone at a rabbi in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Days before, suspects threw a large object at an Orthodox Jewish man in that same neighborhood.
In Queens, New York – the City with the highest number of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel – somebody scrawled “Gas Chamber” on the door at a beach club.
Nearly every Jewish family in the world was impacted by the Holocaust, & this hate hurts us all.https://t.co/LonUTZEbVH
— NYC Jewish Caucus (@NYCJewishCaucus) September 1, 2019
Antisemitic hate crimes in the city have doubled since 2018, nearly 150 attacks have been reported. In response, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the city’s new Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes this week, but it may be too late as the community’s suffering is reaching boiling point.