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Hikind: Story of Black Student Attacked by Hasidim ‘Bizarre’

What were a dozen Hasidim doing out on the street at 4:30 AM, and how could they tell the victim was gay?

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Taj Patterson says he was attacked by a dozen Hasidim at 4:30 AM. But he was so drunk, it took police days to put together his story.

Taj Patterson says he was attacked by a dozen Hasidim at 4:30 AM. But he was so drunk, it took police days to put together his story.



A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the NY Daily News reported.

Taj Patterson, 22, told the Daily News he was on his way to the largely black neighborhood of Fort Greene, on Dec. 1 around 4:30 AM, when more than a dozen Hasidim attacked him on Flushing Ave., yelling, “Stay down, [anti-homosexual slur]!”

On the face of it, as someone who covered Jews in NYC for decades – it sounds a bit farfetched. More than a dozen Hasidim, out on the street at 4:30 in the morning, looking to beat up an innocent goy passing by? I don’t know.

“I’m walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I’m surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they’re attacking me,” Patterson told the News. “I was alone. I was an easy target. I’m black. I’m gay, a whole slew of reasons.”

Patterson sustained a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting, and cuts and bruises to his knee and ankles, and ended up in Woodhull Hospital.

The NYPD hate crimes unit is investigating the case. Same NYPD that’s been waiting a few months to define “Knockout the Jew” as a hate crime.

Oh, before I forget, here’s another fact: according to police, Patterson was “highly intoxicated, uncooperative and incoherent.”

The Daily News has an eyewitness. Of sorts. Evelyn Keys, an MTA bus driver, was rounding the corner of Flushing Ave. and Spencer St. when she saw the horrific attack unfold before her eyes.

“I get out of the bus and all these men were standing up straight around him,” Keys stated. “Taj is laying down on his back. I went up to him and he was in so much pain. He says, ‘I can’t see . . . I can’t breathe.’”

Apparently, they didn’t ask her if they were Hasidim.

Context is direly missing in this story. News reports say Patterson was so drunk, it took police several days to piece together what had actually happened.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said there’s no doubt someone attacked Patterson, but “it sounds so out of character” for Haredi Jews to be the culprits. Hikind called his allegations “bizarre.”

How did the Hasidim know Patterson was gay?

For our younger readers, please permit me to copy and paste the following from Wikipedia:

Tawana Glenda Brawley (born 1972) was an African-American woman from Wappingers Falls, New York, who gained notoriety in 1987–88 for falsely accusing six white men of having raped her.

The charges received widespread national attention because of her age (15), the persons accused (including police officers and a prosecuting attorney), and the shocking state in which Brawley was found after the alleged rape (in a trash bag, with racial slurs written on her body and covered in feces).

Brawley’s accusations were given widespread media attention in part from the involvement of her advisers, including the Reverend Al Sharpton and attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason.

After hearing evidence, a grand jury concluded in October 1988 that Brawley had not been the victim of a forcible sexual assault and that she herself may have created the appearance of an attack. The New York prosecutor whom Brawley had accused as one of her alleged assailants successfully sued Brawley and her three advisers for defamation.


Yori Yanover

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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  1. DanSilagi says:

    There were witnesses to this beating, including a NYC bus driver and people who took videos of what happened who were threatened and intimidated by these “Jewish” thugs. Eyewitness reports state these thugs were Hasidic and wore identifying jackets and insignia, just as the Shomrim vigilantes do. I guess because Evelyn Keys is black that makes her not credible. This is hardly the first time a drunk was beaten and rolled, and didn’t remember much of what happened.

    For you to somehow equate this with Tawana Brawley, who was uninjured, had no corroborating witnesses is despicable on your part as well as on Hikind’s, who’s no more than the Jewish Charles Barron.

  2. Didnt happen. Thats clear as day

  3. YoriYanover894 says:

    I would appreciate the URL of the video you say you saw.

  4. DanSilagi says:

    Where did I write I saw a video, Yanover? What I know is what I read in both the NY Daily News and the NY Post, which made references to Shomrim intimidating people who tried to take videos of the attack. Hikind has fallen for the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, i.e., “No true Jew would attack a drunk at 4:30 AM,” except that’s what apparently happened.

  5. Dror Zar says:

    Is this a joke? lol

  6. even if it true, midda keneged midda. What about knockout joke on innocent Jews?

  7. Dan Silagi says:

    There were witnesses to this beating, including a NYC bus driver and people who took videos of what happened who were threatened and intimidated by these "Jewish" thugs. Eyewitness reports state these thugs were Hasidic and wore identifying jackets and insignia, just as the Shomrim vigilantes do. I guess because Evelyn Keys is black that makes her not credible. This is hardly the first time a drunk was beaten and rolled, and didn't remember much of what happened.

    For you to somehow equate this with Tawana Brawley, who was uninjured, had no corroborating witnesses is despicable on your part as well as on Hikind's, who's no more than the Jewish Charles Barron.

  8. Roy Kim says:

    It only deserves wide spread media attention if al sharpton can get his stupid face on TV and say stupid things with his stupid crack head face that stupid people will stand behind and make stupid faces of stupid agreement. Then and only then will it be considered a hate crime.

  9. DavidBrownfield says:

    Why would “hasidic” men be walking around at 4:30? Perhaps they were shomrim. How did they know he was gay? Perhaps they assumed by how Mr. Patterson talked or walked or perhaps someone knew of Mr. Patterson or perhaps the attackers didn’t know but used the term in general. Why would they attack an innocent man? Perhaps Mr. Patterson was drunk and talking stuff. Conflicts can start a million different ways. If he was really drunk his story WOULD be highly incoherent. Tawana Brawley has NOTHING to do with this story. THIS IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE. EMBARRASSING JOURNALISM.

  10. Yori Yanover says:

    I would appreciate the URL of the video you say you saw.

  11. Dan Silagi says:

    Where did I write I saw a video, Yanover? What I know is what I read in both the NY Daily News and the NY Post, which made references to Shomrim intimidating people who tried to take videos of the attack. Hikind has fallen for the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, i.e., "No true Jew would attack a drunk at 4:30 AM," except that's what apparently happened.

  12. YoriYanover894 says:

    Dan Silagi It’s just a link to the Daily News story. No video of hasidim beating up anyone. If people took pictures, where are they? If the Daly News says there are videos — where are they?

  13. Devorah Chana Goldman says:

    Dan Silagi Video?

  14. DanSilagi says:

    Yori Yanover I never saw a video. I never claimed to see a video. Apparently, there are videos and other evidence out there (besides the damage to Patterson’s eye, which is obvious). I don’t believe NYPD Commissioner Kelly would be talking about Shomrim having done this unless there’s some strong evidence this happened. He’s not known to make stuff up.

  15. Why would "hasidic" men be walking around at 4:30? Perhaps they were shomrim. How did they know he was guy? Perhaps they assumed by how Mr. Patterson talked or walked or perhaps someone knew of Mr. Patterson or perhaps the attackers didn't know but used the term in general. Why would they attack an innocent man? Perhaps Mr. Patterson was drunk and talking stuff. Conflicts can start a million different ways. If he was really drunk his story would be highly incoherent. Tawana Brawley has nothing to do with this story. THIS IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL ARTICLE. EMBARRASSING JOURNALISM.

  16. Myriam Obadia says:

    The man was attacked. Whether it was by Jews has to be determined, but we cannot dismiss his claim this quickly. There are Jewish thugs, you know, and some of them have beaten up Tsahal soldiers, spat at and harassed women so, while it's unusual -and borders on the unlikely- we cannot and mustn't prejudge.

  17. We cannot prejudge what happened. That man was attacked and the police must now do its job. While it’s unlikely that Hassidic Jews would roam the streets of NY looking for a victim to beat up, nothing is impossible

  18. Yori Yanover says:

    Dan Silagi It's just a link to the Daily News story. No video of hasidim beating up anyone. If people took pictures, where are they? If the Daly News says there are videos — where are they?

  19. Dan Silagi says:

    Yori Yanover I never saw a video. I never claimed to see a video. Apparently, there are videos and other evidence out there (besides the damage to Patterson's eye, which is obvious). I don't believe NYPD Commissioner Kelly would be talking about Shomrim having done this unless there's some strong evidence this happened. He's not known to make stuff up.

  20. AhronEbert882 says:

    isn’t interested the same group did not attack the bus driver. maybe the group had found him after someone else beat him up and they were trying to help him. Also, in his confused drunken state he could have mistaken them as his attackers. Or maybe he hit on the wrong person and gotton beaton up for that.

  21. This is made up. Try again.it was the boyfriend

  22. JudyBaskin-NadlerFimbres says:

    It seems highly unlikely. I always though Chasidm were very peaceloving and gentle. It’s possible some “thugs” wore chasdic clothing for cover.

  23. Ahron Ebert says:

    ur stereotyping. because there are chasidim in israel who beat up soilders for political reasons therefore chasidim in america would beat someone up out of hate. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  24. Ahron Ebert says:

    isn't interested the same group did not attack the bus driver. maybe the group had found him after someone else beat him up and they were trying to help him. Also, in his confused drunken state he could have mistaken them as his attackers. Or maybe he hit on the wrong person and gotton beaton up for that.

  25. Myriam Obadia says:

    Ahron Ebert Reread my post carefully. You will then notice that you are the one stereotyping. I said it was possible that he was attacked by Jews, but that it was unlikely.

  26. Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres says:

    It seems highly unlikely. I always though Chasidm were very peaceloving and gentle. It's possible some "thugs" wore chasdic clothing for cover.

  27. Dror Zar says:

    Szilvia Kiss-Bitton, how do you know?

  28. Ron Kall says:

    "There are Jewish thugs you know"?! Seriously dumb comment! A Jewish thug is an aberration, but your hatred of Jews allows you to compare apples to rocks to find a way to attack Jews! Check U Tube and all the Jews running up to people and sucker punching them! let me know when you find one!!

  29. JeffreyJayBlustein says:

    If as the NY Post reports the bus driver took photos it should help the NYPD find the perps. Agreed wjtb the other poster that the Brawley hoax is not germane to this incident.

  30. Dror Zar says:

    I thought you saw something on the news…..lol

  31. If as the NY Post reports the bus driver took photos it should help the NYPD find the perps. Agreed wjtb the other poster that the Brawley hoax is not germane to this incident.

  32. Dan Silagi says:

    Ahron Ebert No, she shouldn't. It is YOU who is the racist here — claiming, without a smidgen of evidence, that this guy made this up. Yeah, like Abner Louima, who was sodomized by a NYPD officer, made that up. There were people like you, and plenty of them, who claimed Louima lied. The cop who was the ringleader is about a third of the way through his 30-year prison sentence.

  33. JamesArthurWhiteII says:

    Sounds like another contrived story by the gay mafia to me. Also with all the racial stuff happening of the “polar bear game” that this guy comes out and says this…I really wonder about this one…

  34. Sounds like another contrived story by the gay mafia to me. Also with all the racial stuff happening of the "polar bear game" that this guy comes out and says this…I really wonder about this one…

  35. JudithGrayson916 says:

    probably drunk and drugged looking for a fight and found it. in any case, a nutcase.

  36. probably drunk and drugged looking for a fight and found it. in any case, a nutcase.

  37. OrahPeer says:

    Agree with Hikind…this doesn’t make any sense….

  38. Orah Peer says:

    Agree with Hikind…this doesn't make any sense….

  39. Orah Peer says:

    el tio estaba totalm. intoxicao y ni se acuerda de quien lo golpio.jasidim no van por ahi atacando gente,y shomrim solo defienden no atacan stam.

  40. Orah Peer says:

    esperemos a la investigacion y veremos…y esa de MTA si s como el tio q' me toco hoy n el bus q' cuando le preg. si paraba n cierto lugar su last stop no me contesto y despues me dice q' no puede hablar mientras maneja…lol no s q' lo invite a 1 tea party xD…si s asi no s de coNfianza tampoco..y yo ya escribi un complaint a la MTA.bH

  41. DanSilagi says:

    Tell me, Yanover and others who are denying this attack took place, where are the videos of the Jews who were sucker-punched? They’re pretty scarce, aren’t they? That’s because the victim didn’t take them. Maybe the perps did, and posted them on YouTube under some fictitious name. Most didn’t, because they’ll eventually get caught.

    As for the Shomrim, they certainly don’t want to get caught, so they won’t take incriminating videos of themselves; they’re not that stupid. That leaves bystanders, and at 4:30 AM, they weren’t many of those. The bus driver was an eyewitness, but she had better things to do than film a video and post it on YouTube; her responsibilities including driving the bus and assisting the victim. It was reported that Shomrim members were intimidating and threatening those who did take videos. Eventually, some security camera will be found with footage, and the “mystery” will be solved.

  42. Dan Silagi says:

    Tell me, Yanover and others who are denying this attack took place, where are the videos of the Jews who were sucker-punched? They're pretty scarce, aren't they? That's because the victim didn't take them. Maybe the perps did, and posted them on YouTube under some fictitious name. Most didn't, because they'll eventually get caught.

    As for the Shomrim, they certainly don't want to get caught, so they won't take incriminating videos of themselves; they're not that stupid. That leaves bystanders, and at 4:30 AM, they weren't many of those. The bus driver was an eyewitness, but she had better things to do than film a video and post it on YouTube; her responsibilities including driving the bus and assisting the victim. It was reported that Shomrim members were intimidating and threatening those who did take videos. Eventually, some security camera will be found with footage, and the "mystery" will be solved.

  43. JoeCasey586 says:

    The author left out the fact that there were witnesses who saw the attack and who the attackers tried to run over as they took pictures of the cars’ license plates. Now why would he do that? Oh yeah. The facts completely contradict his take on the incident

  44. JoeCasey586 says:

    You and I both know the press will not run any photos incriminating the perpetrators.

  45. Joe Casey says:

    The author left out the fact that there were witnesses who saw the attack and who the attackers tried to run over as they took pictures of the cars' license plates. Now why would he do that? Oh yeah. The facts completely contradict his take on the incident

  46. Joe Casey says:

    You and I both know the press will not run any photos incriminating the perpetrators.

  47. Dan Silagi says:

    You're thinking of Crystal Mangum, the stripper who falsely accused three lacrosse players at Duke of rape. She was convicted of murder. Tawana Brawley is an LPN residing in Virginia. Rodney King is dead. Get your facts straight, Goldie.

  48. Goldie Michaels says:

    Dan,

    You must be young. Google Tawana Brawley. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL or RIF

  49. Dan Silagi says:

    Goldie Michaels While I'd like to be too young to remember the Tawana Brawley case, I'm old enough to have been collecting Social Security and being in Medicare for a few years now. In other words, I'm a senior citizen, albeit one who's a bodybuilder who bench presses over 300 pounds.

    I remember the Tawana Brawley case very well, and was infuriated at the Rev. Al, C. Vernon Mason, and Alton Maddox, the three racial arsonists who perpetuated this BS, as well as Brawley. But you're dead wrong, Brawley is not sitting in jail, nor was she arrested for anything. She is, however, having her pay garnished to help pay for the judgment in favor of Pagones, the assistant DA who the Rev. Al and his gang falsely accused of raping her.

    Google Brawley yourself.

  50. DaveKnight554 says:

    I can’t believe how sleazy this article is. To the author, does your mother know what you do for a living?

  51. Dave Knight says:

    I can't believe how sleazy this article is. To the author, does your mother know what you do for a living?

  52. ArimorThomas says:

    Yori Yanover

    so now there has to be pics posted? Your a real POS!

  53. Romira Celph Thomas says:

    Ron Kall

    I can find some murdering people elsewhere and being involved in the organ trade to help israelis

    remember Leibi Kletzky nuff said

  54. Romira Celph Thomas says:

    Yori Yanover

    so now there has to be pics posted? Your a real POS!

  55. WilliamEnnis says:

    OUTRAGEOUSLY OFFENSIVE to deflect the issues here by bringing up Tawana Brawley. I was born a Jew, went to an orthodox synagogue in POUGHKEEPSIE and remember Tawana Brawley well. I am also a gay man and have faced the same intolerance because of that that Jews have felt for centuries. HOW DARE ANYONE reporting on the NEWS do anything other than investigate the FACTS OF THE CASE in an honest way and report it accordingly. Saying “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know”….well then if you don’t know don’t say ANYTHING. Also, since when has being intoxicated serve as a justification for being attacked and called homophobic names by a group of 5 men as WITNESSED by a NYC bus driver? Now there has been a indictment, let’s set aside Tawana Brawley shall we and keep to the facts here. Let’s also be clear that everyone has a right to live in the neighborhoods of their choice, including the Hassidim, BUT no one has the right to exclude anyone from passing down the streets freely and without fear of being assaulted. This is NOT Nazi Germany but New York, USA.

  56. AJWeberman772 says:

    These guys are latent homosexuals. They don’t even want to look at a female body so, like the CIA, they employ cut outs. They dance with each other. If this was the 1950’s the place where they did would have it’s booze license revoked. They hate women. Their daughters have arranged marriages. I say Come out of the Eron Koddesh and s each other d’s or f each other up the tochuss. Beat up Nazis not fagalas like the Joel T.


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