NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police say there’s been yet another anti-Semitic attack on New York City streets—the eighth in less than a week.
This latest incident happened on Christmas Day.
Police say a 40-year-old man in traditional religious clothing was walking home in broad daylight in Borough Park, Brooklyn, when a man stepped in front of him and slugged him in the face near 4723 13th Ave.
The victim suffered a cut to his lip. No property was stolen from him.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this incident, along with seven others.
There have been arrests in several of the other attacks, including two women who are accused of beating Jewish women.
Tiffany Harris, 30, was arrested for allegedly slapping three other women in the face and head on a street corner in Crown Heights on Friday morning.
Ayana Logan, 42, was arrested after she allegedly hit a woman in the head with a bag and made anti-Semitic comments in Gravesend on Thursday afternoon.
In Crown Heights on Friday, police say a man threatened worshippers on Utica Avenue.
Mayor de Blasio says the NYPD is stepping up patrols. He says officers will be more visible in Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg, and that police will boost visits to houses of worship and some other places.
“In this society, a place that is supposed to be of respect for everybody, a season when we’re supposed to be respecting everybody, we see hate rearing its very ugly head,” the mayor said.
These latest incidents come amid a reported increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes this year and just days after the shootout at a Jersey City kosher deli that left three people and a police officer, who was shot at a nearby cemetery, dead.
The Jersey City shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism.