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Crime in New York City: 63-year-old man pushed by suspect who hurled anti-Semitic insults in Central Park

Central Park, Manhattan (WABC) — Police are searching for suspects in another brutal anti-Semitic attack, this time in New York City’s Central Park.

The incident occurred around 7:30 pm on Wednesday

Police said the 63-year-old male victim was walking through Central Park near the intersection of Terrace and East Drives when the man hit him from behind and he fell to the ground.

The fall left the victim with a chipped tooth and a broken hand.

Authorities said the suspect spewed anti-Semitic remarks and referenced Kanye West before attacking the victim and fleeing west on 72nd Street on a bicycle and bicycle trailer.

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The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Experts say the fact that the perpetrator referred to rapper Kanye West is just evidence of a hateful echo chamber on social media fueled by West’s recent avalanche of anti-Semitic tropes. Is called.

Scott Richman of the Anti-Defamation League said, “When it comes to things like celebrities and athletes who make statements, this is something that’s being done by someone with a huge following, and when it happens, people are going to say it. “People start to think it’s normal.”

Just a few weeks ago, a Jewish organization in New York thwarted a plan to attack the synagogue.

Only a few days from now, Hanukkah will begin. That’s why New York City Jews are nervous.

Rabbi Joseph Wilhelm of the Upper East Side says the congregation, especially the younger ones, are more scared than ever just walking in the park. He helped organize self-defense classes, but also gave advice on strength and pride.

“Let’s defend ourselves first, yes, but stand firm. Don’t flinch, don’t hide.” Our job is to bring more light to the world, bring more good to the world, be more holy, and fight even harder by being a better ambassador of goodness and God in this world. ”

Police say the suspect is approximately in his 40s, of medium build, and was last seen wearing a brown jacket, beige pants, white sneakers and a multi-colored hat.

They were able to trace the suspect’s movements all the way to Washington Square Park in the village, but have yet to identify him.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) in Spanish. increase. Members of the public can also submit tips by logging into Crime Stoppers’ his website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.


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