Uptick in Orthodox Antisemitic Attacks Sees Pregnant Woman Assaulted and Man Shot in Head with BB Gun

Two Brooklyn Orthodox Jews were attacked unprovoked this week in horrific incidents which the NYPD are investigating as hate crimes. In the first assault, a 23-year-old man was shot in the head with a BB pellet in a caught-on-camera drive-by shooting. He was seen on camera clutching his face and stumbling to the sidewalk. He was treated at a Brooklyn hospital for a laceration on his head, and the gunman, alongside his two accomplices, are still being sought by police. Because the victim was wearing traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing, the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force was called in to investigate. Read more here.

In the second assault, a $10,000 reward is being offered by the Anti-Defamation League for any information on the attack on a pregnant woman in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The woman was approached by a man, who tried to hit her and threw a bottle at her. Those with any information are strongly encouraged to call the NYPD and the ADL. While antisemitic attacks were down last year during the pandemic (with a rise in May-June), it is clear that they are on the uptick once more. Read more here.

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