The  New York/New Jersey wing of the Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an African-American man who was seen on video last week assaulting a Chasidic man in Brooklyn. 

In a video released by the NYPD, the perpetrator is seen walking down a street, when he passes an old dresser left out for garbage pickup, throws a drawer on the sidewalk, breaks off a piece, and continues to walk. Moments later, he turns around, starts running, and strikes at the Chassidic man walking behind him with it.

According to the NYPD’s relatively new hate crimes division, which is investigating the assault- on July 5 at around 11:30 a.m., a 25-year-old man “wearing traditional Jewish garb was punched in the chest by a male who made an anti-Jewish statement. The victim was also struck in the back with a thrown broken piece of furniture.”

The assault comes amidst recent statistics from the NYPD, which showed that anti-Semitic incidents have risen some 60 percent over 2020 with more than 110 acts of Jew-hatred to date.

Commenting about the incident and announcing the reward, ADL regional director Scott Richman said, “We are alarmed and extremely concerned about this alleged anti-Semitic assault. We are sending an unequivocal message that these hate-motivated acts of violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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