(JNS) The New York City Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating a violent antisemitic attack on a rabbi in Brooklyn on May 6 that resulted in the victim being hospitalized.
Rabbi Yehoshua Lefkowitz, 32, was in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn last Friday when he was approached by an unknown suspect who punched him in the head and kicked him in the legs. According to Newsweek, the assailant also said to Lefkowitz: “The Nazis should have killed you Jews.”
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force has shared images of the assailant on social media, hoping the public can help identify him. The suspect, who ran from the scene, wore a black jacket, gray-hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) condemned the attack, calling it “the latest in a disturbing and unacceptable trend of anti-Jewish hate and violence that is spreading throughout our communities, nation and the world.”
A rabbinic intern at the Great Neck Synagogue on Long Island, Lefkowitz had been expected to arrive there for Shabbat.
“Instead of observing Shabbat at Great Neck Synagogue, Rabbi Lefkowitz was sent to the hospital beaten and bruised,” said Zeldin. “Practicing the Jewish faith should not be a life-threatening endeavor anywhere in the world, but especially not in the United States, where we cherish religious freedom.”
The Anti-Defamation League announced that it will offer a reward of up to $5,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
They are also offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who knocked a shtreimel off a Chasidic man’s head on Saturday in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.