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Crown Heights ‘Knockout the Jew’ Attacks Serial Hate Crimes

Is it 1939 already?
Black teenagers have been playing "knockout the Jew" in the streets of Brooklyn and in New Jersey. Beware the sucker punch.

Black teenagers have been playing "knockout the Jew" in the streets of Brooklyn and in New Jersey. Beware the sucker punch.

Multiple attacks on Jews in Brooklyn by teens playing a game called “knockout,” have finally led police to consider that they might just be part of ongoing, serial hate crimes.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that there have been at least seven attacks on Jews in Crown Heights recently, including two misdemeanor assaults.

Asked if there was a pattern, Kelly said “It is difficult to tell at this time,” and pointed out that the Hate Crimes Task Force was now investigating the possibility. “Obviously, some of it is based on descriptions. The crowds change in size, so it’s hard to tell if it is a clear pattern.”

The most recent attack took place around 9:30 PM Sunday, on Kingston Avenue near Crown Street. A 19-year-old Jewish man was crossing the street when he was punched in the face by a man in a group of about 10 black males, all in their late teens and early 20s.

“He was actually holding an expensive camera. And they punched him and nothing was stolen,” Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told CBS News.

In this video of that assault, posted by Crown Heights.info, the punches are at the :13, :41 and :48 second marks.



Another attack took place Nov. 6 when a group of some 15 teenagers approached a 12-year-old boy, punched him in the face, and shoved him onto the sidewalk.

“The two attackers ran back to the group screaming, ‘We got him’ and received a roaring cheer,” Rabbi Behrman told the Daily News. “They’re playing a game: ‘knockout.’ ‘Knock out the Jew,’ maybe. And they’re going around the neighborhood punching Jews.”

According to Gotham, The “knockout” game—teens punching strangers on the street—has been growing in popularity since last year. Adding the Jewish victims is a new phase, apparently.

Here are more samples, posted last month, of sucker punch attacks by Black youths on innocent people in NJ. Warning: the images are very disturbing.


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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47 Responses to “Crown Heights ‘Knockout the Jew’ Attacks Serial Hate Crimes”

  1. Judka Lisker says:

    You have to Fight back

  2. Common US Jews, learn Krav Maga! Beat their asses Maccabie style!

  3. that’s ok.it’s only a jew.

  4. How about round up the thugs & give them 10 years hard labor. Maybe the harshest prison there is. That will get the word across. Punch a human being get 10 years. No early release just straight time.

  5. isi Weinberger says:

    Fight back hard

  6. illiterate shrunken brained scum mobs of fetal defectives. easy to spot.

  7. November 14, 2013
    10:50 am

    Iran cannot be reasoned with, the politico fanatical religious administration of Iran is the greatest stumbling block. I see no solution other than military intervention on targeted sites or same principal wrongly applied to both Kennedy, Lincoln and other reasonable leaders. The same principals applied to Abass, Erdegan and others in Afghanistan, and all other Stans! All these religious politicians have acquired through guile and fraud huge fortunes at the expense of us in the West via Aid monies. This is to the detriment of their own peoples. The millions of dissatisfied Arabs all over the Middle East have been stirred up through religious fervor as in Marx famous words ‘Religion the opiate of the People’. The principal applied to all extreme Islamic leaders in the Middle East, and indeed is justified. An nuclear Holocaust brought about by the fanatics of the Middle East will affect all of Eurasia, Central Asia, the Med Basin during trade winds blowing bi-annually carrying fallout as far away as China and the Pacific. Therefore for the safety and security of the entire Eurasian land mass immediately affected such an holocaust is irresponsible and will certainly escalate because of emotional and unstable unthinking Islamic leaders including those in the Gulf States! Israel lives in the 21st Cent. as does Judaism. The West in recession one could almost say this has been has been manipulated by all Islamic dishonest leaders hence the anarchy among lowly Arabs with no jobs or infrastructure.Egypt has lost millions in the last ten years.I am certain I read on 29th October an article from Australia stating 230 billions of OIL are under the deserts of South Australia. Israel now has Oil the Sinai Peninsular also. Until these amoral leaders are deposed by foul means or fair there will be no peace not even in Israel with the so called Palestinians. Obama & Kerry are doing nothing to alleviate the pressure in the Middle East. In the case of Obama his connection to the Muslim Brotherhood in Kenya is virtual treason against the US people. Ms. Oprah Winfrey’s naive remarks on Al-jazeera screened in Ireland last night! What choices do we have?

  8. Cody Flecker says:

    The solution to this problem is very simple. When walking alone in Brooklyn or elsewhere simply pull out your pistol and start shooting the next group of Black teenagers you see on the street. Then slowly watch over them as they bleed to death. That was simple wasn't it. No complaining on your part about the lack of safety on the streets of NY. Eventually these animals will get the message, and stop their activities…eventually.

  9. Catch one and make an example of him or just make him disappear.

  10. what does bill de blasio say about this?

  11. This must stop…stop screaming 'hate crime' and fight back and defend our own! This conduct is intolerable anywhere, accepting it for any cowardly reason does none of any good, and is harmful to Jews everywhere!

  12. Ben II says:

    the NYPD isn’t going to protect you. Hang the savages from trees and you will see how quickly the media will converge. It’s called fighting back against the savages who have been a cancer to the USA since day 1. Trillions spent on them and they are still on welfare and public housing, so utterly worthless they are.

  13. Becca Greene says:

    gotta be honest cody, you sound like the "animal" here. Not all "black teenagers" commit these crimes, and it is an extremely bigoted remark to post on a public forum.

  14. Becca Greene says:

    gotta be honest cody, you sound like the "animal" here. Not all "black teenagers" commit these crimes, and it is an extremely bigoted remark to post on a public forum.

  15. Ellen Francis says:

    Becca Greene, Cody is reacting in horror to what he has seen. And you call him an animal? Shame on you.

  16. AJ Weberman says:

    you have groups on different sides of the evolutionary spectrum

  17. Tim Shoemake says:

    Where is al sharpton and jesse Jackson ? Oh, that's right, they only appear when one of their own is the victim. Racism in this country needs to stop and these two so called " reverends " are a part of the problem in this country !

  18. Alex Forsyth says:

    Hit the perpetrators with a heavy jail sentence and also those who are with them for acting in concert and they too should be made an example of with the full weight of the law bearing down on them.
    They should be left in no doubt that this type of Neanderthal behaviour shall not be tolerated in a civilized society such as we have but will fail to have if this is allowed to continue, it must be stopped

  19. Anonymous says:

    Keep voting democrat, you stupid Jews.

  20. Advice: 1) never walk alone, 2) always carry cell phones & document everything, learning how to do this without letting them know (it's easier than you think to push the record button), 3) 3) a very effective weapon that is completely legal – a 22 rifle (no permit needed), 4) neighborhood watches are extremely important, 5) laser pointers are invaluable for those at some distance or in a home watching down below; the thugs will think a gun is about to shoot them. This is good cause to request added police protection. 24 hour video cameras are dirt cheap these days.

  21. this is why white people move out of black neighborhoods. So the blacks are really just hurting their ownselves. because poverty will follow you cant do business in such a dangerous environment. So when people cant be sure of their safety poverty will follow.

  22. Those are comments of an animal. Of someone with a sick mind. The truth is I have read many of the racist comments here and not only find it appalling but see where people can easily find reasoning sick or not for what they are doing. After 5th grade you don't get to justify hatred and stupidity by saying he or she didn't know.

  23. It sickens me that people think this is a game. But it sickens me more how freely the racism, and stereo types flow, and how easily people find it acceptable. We come so far, yet we prove how much farther we have to go.

  24. The problem is organized crime, which this definitely is. Whether it's drugs, gang control, or, as in this case, bigoted thuggery, the monster remains the same. The key to success, & then only a good shot at it, is cooperation with law enforcement.

  25. The problem is organized crime, which this definitely is. Whether it's drugs, gang control, or, as in this case, bigoted thuggery, the monster remains the same. The key to success, & then only a good shot at it, is cooperation with law enforcement.

  26. The problem is organized crime, which this definitely is. Whether it's drugs, gang control, or, as in this case, bigoted thuggery, the monster remains the same. The key to success, & then only a good shot at it, is cooperation with law enforcement.

  27. Tim it is very ignorant of you to implicate Rev Sharpton or Rev Jackson. I know for a fact neither of them condone this senseless random violence. They have a reputation of fighting injustices imposed on black people. That does not make them racist. Have you ever in your life stood up for injustice?

  28. Atara Kennedy says:

    Tim had a valid point. They may not condone this but they are rather selective in applying their energies towards condemning. They contribute towards painting a picture that blacks are victims and racism is one way. I don't find that honest or helpful.

  29. Atara, you are missing the point of their activism. They decide which fights coincide with their agenda. They can not fight every injustice in this country. It’s just not physically possible. As horrible as this is, it does not compare to unarmed black people shot in cold blood by police and others as we hear about on a regular basis. I am mortified about these random acts of violence; as are Rev Sharpton and Jackson. It frightens me as a black male with three black sons to hear people speak of just shooting a group of black people just because they are walking down the street. My sons and I would never commit any crimes but the four of us look just like those boys on the video. My point is that to some how make Rev Sharpton and Jackson the culprits in this is absurd. Is it racist for Jewish leaders to stand up for Jewish causes?

  30. Atara Kennedy Atara, you are missing the point of their activism. They decide which fights coincide with their agenda. They can not fight every injustice in this country. It’s just not physically possible. As horrible as this is, it does not compare to unarmed black people shot in cold blood by police and others as we hear about on a regular basis. I am mortified about these random acts of violence; as are Rev Sharpton and Jackson. It frightens me as a black male with three black sons to hear people speak of just shooting a group of black people just because they are walking down the street. My sons and I would never commit any crimes but the four of us look just like those boys on the video. My point is that to some how make Rev Sharpton and Jackson the culprits in this is absurd. Is it racist for Jewish leaders to stand up for Jewish causes?

  31. Black culture in America is vile, a total abomination. In an overall outlook of black culture in America it promotes laziness and slack and a "you owe me something" mentality. Again, these are the "overall" facts, not a case by case fact.

  32. Even the vile President is a slacker, who seems to do nothing but borrow, play golf and basketball AND bankrupt our country far worse than when Bush left office

  33. Ephraim Shimoni says:

    You are a narrow minded imbecile of the highest order. You remind me of those racists who declare that the Jews control the world and are greedy and produce a few criminals who happen to be Jewish to prove that fact. You take a community of tens of millions of individuals with as much diversity and complexity, postive and negative aspects as any community including the jewish community and pronounce nazi like judgement on the entire people. You are vile and a total abomination!

  34. Mark Brown says:

    Knockout is a coward's game.

  35. Ephraim Shimoni, I know you don't like to read, but it would really help if you desire to argue or debate with someone. So, before your liberalism speaks anymore falsehoods, keep in mind that I said this is an "overall" fact, not a "case by case" fact.
    Black culture in America is at the bottom end of the ladder if you dare look at any statistical chart(s) of the sectors of our society. That is a fact, not a mean or "Nazi" blanket statement.

    Are far as Jewish goes… I am Jewish and I can make similar statements as well about us….
    Such as…. out of the 14.5 million Jews in the world, not very much are actually Torah observant, rather they are secular OR they are following the foolish ways of the Rabbis that oppose the biblical texts and who invented all sorts of heresies that HaShem hates. They have even adopted heathen beliefs.

    Those are facts.

  36. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “The racial composition of the US prison and jail population as of 2008 was 60.21% (African American (non-Hispanic), 20.29% Hispanic, 13.44% White American (non-Hispanic) , and 6.06% Other (American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, and Multiracial American).”

  37. "According to the most recent government figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “72 percent of black mothers are unwed which eclipses that of most other groups: 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans.”

  38. "According to recent US Census Bureau data, “24.7% of all African-American live in poverty in comparison to 8.6% of all non-Hispanic White, 11.8% of all Asian-American and 23.2% of all Hispanic.” The Labor Department statistics still show the current unemployment rate among blacks hovering around 16 percent, although the economy as a whole has shown some improvement."

  39. Get your facts before opening your mouth… I am stating facts whether you like it or not. Sorry

  40. It's not a macho thing. It's a pussy coward thing. Try me punk and see if you don't catch a couple 9mm rounds to the head.

  41. Aaron Lewis says:

    Discusting, isnt it. This "game" has been around for a while, I guess it's happening more often recently.

  42. Anonymous says:

    This is a Hate Crime and the perpetrators should be charged and prosecuted.

  43. Sharon Kruse says:

    This was the subject on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday. He is totally against it no matter who does it to whom.
    An African American came on and said that it has been going on for years among black on black, but now they've opened it up. He doesn't see it as a racist thing. I don't agree with that.
    You're right, it is a cowards game. There have been four deaths in the last year.

  44. Mark Brown says:

    This is a middle school level thing. This was going on in the early 80s, mostly a black on white crime. A gang of 6 chickens walking and one steps out and pow.

  45. Honest Abe says:

    Observe how the African American man interviewed in the lower video, slightly smiles from the corner of his mouth during his comments. That shows his real thoughts. 1out of 3 black males goes to jail with 4 out of 5 people inside for using drugs. We are undergoing a cultural breakdown and it showing up in this kind of madness and irreverence. T he big picture need to be addressed but . . . it won't be. Yes, there are anarchist hate crimes

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