A group described as a “gang of local thugs” have allegedly attacked a 12-year-old Charedi child who was on his way back from Synagogue on Shabbat.
The attack took place on Eastern Parkway, across the road from the famous 770 building which homes the headquarters of Chabad, a Chasidic movement that is famed for its tireless outreach activities.
The boy was apparently attacked by seven or eight African American “youths” without any apparent provocation.
There is a history of tension between the African America and Jewish communities in the area.
The boy’s father said that his “son said that he understood something was going to happen and as he was thinking what he should do, they suddenly pounced with one of them slapping him so hard that he fell to the ground, while a second one hitting him in the head”.
The police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Recently we reported that a blind Orthodox woman was the victim of an antisemitic attack in the neighbourhood.
On Thursday a woman was arrested for allegedly attacking two Charedi girls in the area.
The recent spate of violence antisemitic incidents obviously represents an alarming escalation in antisemitism in the area which runs the risk of escalating further without police action to ensure that Jewish communities are safe. There is also a pressing need to ensure that relationships between different communities in the Brooklyn suburb do not deteriorate.