CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) — Police are looking for a suspect in another vicious antisemitic attack in New York City, this time in Central Park.
The incident happened on Wednesday around 7:30 pm
The police say that a 63-year-old man was walking in Central Park, near the intersection of Terrace Drive and East Drive, when a man hit him from behind, causing him to fall to the ground.
The fall caused the victim to knock out a tooth and break his arm.
Authorities said the suspect spewed antisemitic slurs and made a reference to Kanye West before attacking the victim and fleeing west on 72nd Street on a bicycle and bicycle trailer, which appeared to be carrying various items including a “Hungry Disabled” sign.
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The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Experts say the fact that the killer spoke about rapper Kanye West is evidence of a room filled with hatred on social media, fueled by the current proliferation of antisemitic games in the West.
“Stories such as celebrities and sports talk, these are things that are being done by someone who has so many fans that people would do it,” said Scott Richman of the Anti-Defamation League. “People start to think it’s normal.”
A few weeks ago, Jewish organizations in New York foiled a plan to attack the synagogue.
A few days from now, Hanukkah will begin, which is why Jews in New York City are on edge.
Upper East Side Rabbi Yosef Wilhelm says congregants, especially young people, are more afraid than ever, just to walk across the park. He helped organize self-defense classes, but at the same time, he commands strength and pride.
“First, protect yourself, yes, but stand strong. Don’t be afraid, don’t hide,” Wilhelm said. “They are attacking us because we are the representatives of holiness and God in this world, and our job is to fight even harder to bring light to the world, goodness in the world, holiness and to be better representatives of the good and the good. God in this world.”
Police describe the man as believed to be in his 40s, with a medium build, and was last seen wearing a brown jacket, beige pants, white sneakers, and a multicolored hat.
They were able to trace the suspect’s movements to Washington Square Park in the Village, but have not yet been able to identify him.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.
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