A shocking amount of hate crimes were reported across the country over this weekend, leaving Jewish communities across the country feeling concerned. At least four attacks were reported since Thursday, which is one of the highest figures over the past few years.
Out of the four terrible incidents following the recent Israel-Palestine conflict, one was reported in Brooklyn on 18th Avenue and Ocean Parkway, wherein six men assaulted and punched two Jewish teenagers, chanted “Free Palestine” and said despicable things about Israel. Furthermore, in New York’s Diamond District, protesters threw fireworks from a car amid a violent street altercation.
Another incident also took place in New York, where a 20-year-old professional soccer player who plays for the New York Red Bulls, said he was threatened by men holding knives who asked if he was Jewish, and who told him they would kill him if his answer were yes.
Two other incidents took place in Florida and Los Angeles, where a synagogue was targeted by a man in Southern Florida, and pro-Palestinian attackers threw punches and bottles at diners at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, in Tucson, Arizona, unidentified individuals hurled a large object through the glass door of a synagogue, Congregation Chaverim, on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, AZ central reported. Police are investigating that incident, as well.