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Jews Egged in UWS Attack

A group of visibly Orthodox young men and women were pelted with eggs in an alleged antisemitic attack on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last Saturday night. At around 9 p.m. on June 12, the party of five was walking home from Central Park when three men exited their car and attacked.

“I felt like a rock hit the back of my head,” grad student Rachel Shafrir, one of the victims, told podcast host Zev Brenner on his show “Talkline.” Shafrir has since developed a concussion and bump on her head. Her peers got yolk on their clothes but avoided direct impact with the eggs.

The incident occurred at 92nd Street and Central Park West. As the friends were crossing the street, the thugs got out of a white Kia with Florida license plates and began to throw eggs at the pedestrians. They then ran back into their car and drove off. A doorman watching the encounter assumed the attackers knew the targets and thought the situation was a prank. He expressed regret for not getting a video or picture of the car and its plates.

The police were called to the scene but did not file a report immediately. “It was ridiculous,” recounted Shafrir. “They said they can’t file a report unless we called an ambulance.” Shafrir followed up with the police after developing pain and concussion symptoms, and they have since filed a report for assault.

Although the assault does not qualify as a hate crime under New York law, the group was dressed in Shabbat clothes and say it is “very clear” that this was a targeted attack against Jews.

This attack comes at a time of rising antisemitism in New York City and around the globe. In the last two weeks of May, the Anti-Defamation League collected nearly 250 reports of antisemitic harassment and violence.


Elazar Abrahams is an intern at The Jewish Link and the incoming student council president of Yeshiva University’s men’s campus.

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