Addressing two incidents of antisemitism that occurred in Flatbush on Friday night, NYC Mayor Eric Adams condemned the attacks in a brief statement on Twitter, Saturday night.
In response to the two attacks that have been speculated as the work of one perpetrator, Mayor Eric Adams issued a brief statement on Twitter on Saturday night, saying the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force “is investigating this attack, and make no mistake an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on every New Yorker. We will catch the perpetrators of this assault.” He further asked the public to contact the police with any information on the incident.
@NYPDHateCrimes is investigating this attack, and make no mistake an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on every New Yorker. We will catch the perpetrators of this assault.
Please contact the NYPD with any information. https://t.co/Z5eNveEOVW
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) February 13, 2022
According to video footage released by Flatbush Shomrim, a visibly Jewish male is seen being followed by a thin man in a hood, who punches his target in the face before running off and jumping into a passing van. Shomrim said the attack took place at 10:30 pm at Avenue L and E. 32nd, following which a second man said he was targeted by the same perpetrator at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway, but escaped unhurt.
As it stands, according to stats from the NYPD, hate crimes against Jews grew by 275 percent over this past year, with 15 antisemitic incidents reported this January.