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Third attack in a week of Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) has recorded 145 complaints of anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2019; there were 88 such complaints in 2018, according to CBS New York. The NYPD has recorded 19 official anti-Semitic hate crimes so far in 2019; the NYPD recorded 33 the year prior.

NEW YORK—An Orthodox Jewish man has been attacked in Brooklyn, the third such assault in a week.

Local news outlets said the the attack took place in Midwoord on Saturday just after Sabbath.

The victim reportedly saw two men drinking in front of a synagogue before they began insulting him with anti-Jewish slurs. One of the men knocked the victim over and began hitting him in the face with his own belt.

Last week,  another another Orthodox man suffered injuries to his eye when he was attacked in his vehicle.

The same week a 63-year-old rabbi, Avraham Gopin, was severely beaten with a rock, knocking out two teeth and breaking his nose, in Brooklyn.

The assault took place n the Crown Heights neighborhood. The assailant threw a brick at his face and then jumped on him, punching him “20, 25, 30 times.” Gopin fought back, and eventually, the assailant fled.

“It was hate,” said Gopin. “He said ‘Jew, Jew.’ He said something in that direction … he was for certain looking to kill. No doubt about [that].”

That he survived the attack was a “miracle from God,” he said, adding that he still plans to visit the park with his family.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday that “the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this despicable act of violence, and we will find the attacker. This city will stop at nothing to protect our communities from hate and violence.”

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that Gopin’s assault is “the latest in a really disturbing pattern of violence & harassment directed at Jews in Brooklyn. We need action before more people get hurt.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has recorded 145 complaints of anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2019; there were 88 such complaints in 2018, according to CBS New York. The NYPD has recorded 19 official anti-Semitic hate crimes so far in 2019; the NYPD recorded 33 the year prior.

The NYPD said they were stepping up patrols in response to the attacks.

By Aaron Bandler

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