Two Jewish brothers wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls were attacked around 3:45pm on 12th October 2016, report Rocco Parascandola and John Annese in the New York Daily News on 16th October, 2016. The writers note that police sources state anti-semitic slurs, “fucking Jews”, were aimed at the brothers aged 19 and 23, and police are investigating whether this assault by three white men is a hate crime. The victims were leaving Yom Kippur prayer services in Brooklyn, New York. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Also reporting about the incident on 16th October, 2016, The Times of Israel quoted Evan R. Bernstein, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League as having said:
“This appalling act of apparently hate-inspired violence is a sad reminder that despite the unprecedented freedom of religious practice that Jews enjoy today in America, there remains much work to be done to combat the evils of anti-semitism and bigotry, including right here in New York City.”
“The fact that this occurred at the most solemn time of year for Jews makes the incident even more disturbing.”