New York police investigating 2 alleged assaults against Jews

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

NEW YORK — The New York police’s hate crimes unit says it is investigating two alleged assaults against Jews over the weekend.

The two incidents took place during Shabbat on Friday night in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

In one attack captured by security cameras, an ultra-Orthodox man and woman are seen walking down a sidewalk.

An assailant trails them behind a row of parked cars, then runs up behind the man and strikes him in the back of the head, knocking his hat to the ground. The assailant then flees.

Another alleged assault was reported in the same area on Friday night, according to local groups and the Anti-Defamation League. Details were not immediately available, and it was not clear if the attacks were connected.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force says it opened an active investigation into the incidents, with the help of the local police department and the Shomrim community protection group.

The Anti-Defamation League offered a $7,500 reward for information on the attacks.

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