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Jewish man beaten, robbed on his way to synagogue in Brooklyn

NYPD’s Hate Crimes Division investigating attack by 2 masked assailants

Two men assault a Jewish man on his way to synagogue, July 16, 2021 (Screen grab/Shomrim)
Two men assault a Jewish man on his way to synagogue, July 16, 2021 (Screen grab/Shomrim)

A Jewish man was beaten and robbed by two suspects on his way to synagogue in Brooklyn on Friday morning.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Division said they were investigating the attack.

Police said the man was attacked at at approximately 5:45 a.m. on Friday in the vicinity of 1910 New York Ave in Brooklyn.

Security footage of the assalut was released by Shomrim, a private Orthodox Jewish security patrol.

In the video, the victim is apparently walking down the street when he is attacked by a man. Seconds later an accomplice joined the assault, which lasted a few seconds. The suspects both wore hoods and masks.

Still photos released by the organization apparently showed bloodstains on the sidewalk after the assault.

“This pair viciously assaulted and robbed a local resident on his way to Shul this morning. His Tefillin were ultimately recovered by our volunteers,” the patrol group tweeted, using the Hebrew word for the man’s phylacteries.

The group said there was a financial reward for any information leading to the arrests of the suspects.

Recent months have seen a surge in antisemitic incidents across the US. The organization that advises US Jewish communities on security matters said it recorded an 80% spike in antisemitic acts in May amid Israel’s 11-day conflict with Gaza-based terror groups.

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