Photo Credit: Twitter video screengrab via Moshe Riner
Security footage of anti-Semitic hate crime in Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn NY

A Hasidic man was attacked at around 7:30 pm Tuesday by a young Hispanic-looking man as he was walking along the sidewalk near the intersection of Marcy Avenue and Rodney Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn New York.

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פשע שנאה: אברך חסידי בוויליאמסבורג הותקף באמצע הרחוב ליד רחוס מרסי. pic.twitter.com/D6Y8fptEyk

— משה ריינר Moshe riner (@moshe_riner) May 8, 2019

The attacker trotted up behind the Hasid, swung up his right arm, and punched the man in the back of the head, knocking off his hat and yarmulka while doing so, and causing him to stumble.

The man in seen in clear security footage picking up his yarmulka and hat, and then running back towards his attacker, who fled after seeing his victim wasn’t disabled.

The NYPD hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and WSPU at 718-237-0202.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.