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Another Jewish Man Victim of ‘Knockout’ Attack in Borough Park

A man allegedly hit Perl square in the face, making him the latest victim of the vicious assault that's been terrifying New York City’s Jews.
Shmuel Perl, 24, a victim of another knockout assault, speaking to a Shomrim interviewer early Friday morning.

Shmuel Perl, 24, a victim of another knockout assault, speaking to a Shomrim interviewer early Friday morning.

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An Orthodox Jew walking home from work in Brooklyn at 2:45 AM on Friday was brutally attacked by a pack of thugs playing the “knockout game,” leaving him sprawled on the ground with a giant lump on his forehead, law-enforcement sources told The NY Post.

Shmuel Perl, 24, wearing a yarmulke, was on his way to his Borough Park home when he overheard four men discussing drunkenly the “knockout” game, made famous by You Tube, in which thugs, usually Black, sucker punch passers-by, looking to knock them down to the ground, preferably unconscious.

“I was walking home on the way back from my job. I came across a group of people who were walking towards me, and I was able to hear them speaking loudly about this knockout game,” Perl, in a video interview obtained by The Post.

He heard one of the men saying, “I know you can’t do it,” and another concurred, “No, you can’t do it.”

“Yeah, I can do it! Look, I’ll do it to this guy!” one of the men—according to the Post a 28-year-old with a significant criminal record, reportedly shouted.

The man then allegedly hit Perl square in the face, making him the latest victim of the vicious assault that’s been terrifying New York City’s Jews.

“As I’m walking on the sidewalk, the group surrounds me, and one of them, as I try to get away, one of them stepped out towards me and, with a closed fist, hits me in the face,” Perl said in the video, which was recorded by the Jewish neighborhood patrol Shomrim, adding: “As I was able to walk away from them, they called after me, ‘Come back. I can do this. I will knock you out.’ ”

Perl, who called Shomrim, wasn’t seriously injured.

Four suspects, who were apparently in the middle of celebrating the alleged puncher’s birthday, were captured at the scene. Charges were pending as of Friday night, sources told the Post.

New York City police is investigating 8 other recent attacks against Jews people, still trying to figure out if they are hate crimes.

In Jersey City, a 46-year-old homeless man died in September after someone sucker-punched him and he fell back and hit his head against a fence.

The knockout assault participants have gone online to publish video and text records of their crimes.


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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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41 Responses to “Another Jewish Man Victim of ‘Knockout’ Attack in Borough Park”

  1. Can’t these thugs be dealt with? I would be leary of a group of hoodlums hanging out looking for trouble. Severe penalties to all involved.

  2. Ben II says:

    100% of the perps are minorities like blacks or Muslims. Time to bring back Bernie Goetz and shoot them like the savages they are.

  3. Sarah Jacobs says:

    Ben II, let’s fight intolerance with genocide. That’s a great idea.

  4. Carolin Knox says:

    Yes, Jewish men (and) women need to get permits, take lessons, get firearms, use if necessary! By the way, if you see a group of guys talking about knocking people out…..cross the street.

  5. @Sarah: Um, no, this isn’t “intolerance”; it’s MURDER. Victims have been killed by this “game”:
    http://www.news.com.au/world/knockout-game-is-killing-innocent-civilians/story-fndir2ev-1226762987768

    I think you should look up the word “intolerance”; it doesn’t mean what you think it does.

  6. And there’s no need for “genocide”; just an example or two. If some miscreant “playing the knockout game” were to be shot dead while doing so — there would be a sudden and ENORMOUS drop in people “playing the game”.

  7. Rigo hernandez says:

    The man they got did not do a thing I know him very we’ll and we all was always against that game that so called game is not a joke no one even touch that Jew guy living around Jews they do what they can to try and take us out of the neighborhood and it’s not fair cause I been living out here much longer then they have so what gives them the right to try and punishes us only god can judge us this is crazy cops should invested gate more cause they got the wrong man

  8. Ah. That must be why they took it down.

  9. But it will eventually happen.

  10. Jo Torres says:

    Poor man. Tasers need to be carried maybe. Or organized escorts so that the people doing the terrorizing understand they will be dealt with accordingly.

  11. It is not at Jews. It is an attack on white or light skinned persons by blacks. Look at them all. Don’t separate the USA any further.

  12. Little Puppet says:

    These guys weren’t black. And jews are tan who look like Arabs they both come from Abraham from different mothers. Separating the usa ? Go eat turkey and celebrate murderers for Thanks giving you morons

  13. WE NEED LOCAL JDL'S OR SHOMRIM. TIME TO FIGHT BACK. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  14. Joseph Hiro says:

    Fight back ? That’s all you guys do. Point fingers and crucify who threatens your little jewish Jewish community social club vibe. Running food stamp scams at LanDaus and looking down on the hard working Arab, Spanish and few black neighbors who live amongst you. We were here first. JDL is the Gustapo

  15. Louis Rosaro says:

    It’s very sad and unfortunate that this young man accused these other men with such strong accusations. People are so quick to condemn these four men when the news will obviously feed the jewish community with enough fuel to burn there inner hate and call for swift justice and action and get the president involved asking for harsh sentences without having all the facts. Only in Boropark do people first getvarrested accused, slandered and dragged through the mud than when they find out it was a mistake. Nobody represents the interests of these four Hispanic men. They grow bitter and fearful and teach there children the same as the Jews teach there children to see us. That’s with hate and indifference towards your neighbor.

  16. Cherie Lewis says:

    It’s time for people to start learning self-defense techniques. Unfortunately, this trend is bound to continue.

  17. Not a new game. This happened to me years ago. These attackers will keep it up until caught, and it can get worse!

  18. this is satanic..evil…

  19. Menachem Rephun says:

    Really? I don't see Jewish people roaming the streets attacking homeless people and anyone else who might be vulnerable just for their twisted amusement. Nor are Jewish people indoctrinating our children with hatred that results in this type of disgusting, despicable behavior. Your comment reflects your deep seated anti-semitic prejudice and is a classic example of blaming the victim. No one, Jewish or otherwise, should have to live in fear of these hoodlums attacking them. Why don't you start accepting responsibility for your actions and admit that this behavior is wrong

  20. Dick Farrel says:

    should have been armed

  21. Dick Farrel says:

    should have been armed

  22. Good for u, there caught

  23. stiff punishment for these thugs

  24. It;s High time to form not a paper Shomrim but a viable Jewisd Defense League groups of 6-10 burly Yidden with baseball bats etc, to patrol 24 hours arond the clock! Bloomberg gave orders to Police not to interfer with black gangs in the subways who pounce on passengers for money. With the new Mayor it will be open season on whites and Jews specifically. Contact Heshy at 917 468-4840 for counseling on how form JDL squads. The police will not arrest nor will the racist black hoodlums be prosecuted in the court system! Those who voted for Blosio as Satmar,Pupa communites should be ravaged byn these packs of two legged dogs!

  25. melchezedek says:

    Shame on you Rabbi Friedman!!! You have eyes but cant see and ears but cant hear. You know who said that. JESUS CHRIST. You guys killed your own messiah and now are still waiting for menecam shnirson to save you. You wandered the desert for 40 years because of your lack of faith and stubborness. And you guys still show the same ignorance today. All you guys scream is violence. You love when these types of things happen because you can immediately start with the hate and “oh poor little us” JDL needs weapons and bats to protect our corrupt brothers who are doing white collar crimes and are not thugs. Boo hoo. Help us president obama ! Your fancy cars dont impress me. God knows who you really are. Jesus said your father is Satan.

  26. Zev Stern says:

    What ever happened to "Lo ta'amod al dam rei'ekha? When Jewish men see this being done to another they should give the perp a taste of the Jewish fist. The "game" will stop like magic.

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