A teenager was charged with assault as a hate crime for an alleged anti-Semitic attack in Brooklyn. The victim, a 53-year-old Orthodox Jewish man from Israel, was attacked in a Williamsburg subway station, reported ABC News (11.19.14).
ABC News reported that the suspect allegedly said, “He looked at me, so I got upset and attacked him.”
The victim said three men approached him from behind while he was waiting for the train at the Marcy Avenue station. The Israeli national said he was called a “dirty bloody Jew” and spit at, before being hit with two umbrellas and punched. He was not seriously injured in the attack.
The other two suspects are still being sought by the police.
The attack came the night before two Palestinian terrorists with a gun and butcher knives attacked worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, killing four rabbis and a policeman. Three Americans died in the attack.
Williamsburg is known for its diversity, including a large Orthodox Jewish population. Interestingly, The New Republic (9.5.14) did a study to find the most racially diverse building in America. With the help of TargetSmart, a political data firm, they screened voter and consumer registration files. The most diverse building was found to be 31 Leonard Street in Williamsburg. The 22-story building had 586 residents who were almost evenly divided by race into thirds: 33.1 percent white, 31.1 percent East Asian, 30.3 percent Hispanic, and 4.3 percent African American.
In New York, hate crimes are defined because their victims were targeted due to their real or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Hate crime statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program show that there were 715 hate crimes reported in New York State in 2012. New York City reported 260 incidents related to religion.
Across the U.S., hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,166 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-biased offenses showed 59.7 percent were anti-Jewish. Anti-Islamic prejudices were the second most common motivation behind hate crimes.
A victim of a hate crime may be eligible to receive compensation and should contact an experienced civil rights lawyer.
The ABC News story is “1 arrested in attack on Israeli tourist in Williamsburg.”