A pair of men chased Jewish teenagers at least four times in Boro Park Wednesday evening. Separately, a 29-year-old woman was punched in the face by a man who said “this is for Israel.”
A pair of men chased Jewish teenagers at least four times in Boro Park Wednesday evening, the Hamodia reported.
From approximately 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Boro Park Shomrim received four separate reports of visibly Jewish teenagers being chased by two men who were riding on a moped. One of the victims told Shomrim that the suspects appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent.
The Jewish community is on high alert due to the ongoing war in Israel against the Hamas terror group. None of the victims were physically assaulted.
The first incident occured on 18th Avenue and 54th street. The other chases happened on 59th Street between 16th and 17th Avenues, on 18th avenue and 61st Street, and on 61st Street between 18th and 19th Avenues. No words were exchanged between the victims and the suspects.
Police told Hamodia that they were aware of only one of the incidents and that the act of chasing people in the street would not warrant an investigation by the Hate Crime Task Force.
Separately, Police say a 29-year-old woman was punched in the face by an unknown male inside of the 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue Subway Station in Midtown.
According to authorities, when the victim asked the attacker why he punched her, he responded, because “you are Jewish” before fleeing the scene.