The NYPD is investigating a pair of hate crimes that happened on Shabbos. One in Boro Park where Jews were yelled at with antisemitic slurs and the other in Flatbush where two boys were assaulted.
The NYPD is investigating two possible hate incidents late Motzei Shabbos.
Sources said that at around 7:30 PM, two Jewish teens were assaulted on Ocean Parkway and 18th Avenue. The victims claimed a group of men exited a Toyota Camry and assaulted them.
The boys say they were forced to say “Free Palestine”, and were repeatedly punched. They claim another few men surrounded them with baseball bats.
The boys say that a Muslim Uber driver saved their lives when he passed by and saw what was happening. He drove them to where they were staying for Shabbos, in the area of Avenue R and East 12th Street.
Meanwhile, a short while later, a group of men exited a vehicle on 16th Avenue and 49th Street in the heart of Boro Park, and began yelling anti-Semitic slurs at Jews on the street. One man reportedly spit at Jewish pedestrians while yelling “kill the Jews”. Another man punched a car mirror, breaking it.
The NYPD is looking into the possibility that both incidents are connected. A massive NYPD response was called late Motzei Shabbos, and a Level 1 Mobilization was requested.