A 63-year-old man was attacked in New York’s Central Park on Wednesday in what police are calling an anti-Semitic attack, according to the New York Police Department.
Police said the man was walking in the park when another man in his mid-40s allegedly ambushed him from behind, causing the elderly man to fall, chipping his tooth and causing him to fall. The hand was broken.
According to police, the suspect called the victim an anti-Semitic slur as well as “Kenny 2024” with “Hungary Disabled” written on it before fleeing on a bicycle with an attached trailer.
The suspect is still at large as authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the attacker.
According to local authorities, the condition of the victim is stable.
The NYPD described the suspect as a light-skinned man, who was last seen wearing a gray jacket, a multi-colored hat, beige pants and white shoes carrying a variety of items along with a bicycle. .
“Crimes like this impact entire communities and cause unique trauma along with physical harm,” Scott Richman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York/New Jersey, told CNN.
Richman said the attack was an example of how rapper Kanye West’s anti-Semitic rhetoric fueled violence and spurred others to act. He said that when public figures fan the flames of anti-Semitism with big platforms, people will copy it and begin to consider it normal.
Earlier this month, CNN reported that West, who legally changed his name to Ye, was suspended from Twitter after he tweeted with a swastika inside a Star of David image. . The tweet followed a spate of anti-Semitism from the West in recent months and came on the same day he gave an interview to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in which he expressed his love for Adolf Hitler.
Councilwoman Gail A. Brewer, who represents all of Central Park, also condemned the attack in her district in a statement to CNN, saying: “This type of behavior is absolutely abhorrent. It’s appalling and it’s wrong.” There is no need.”
Councilman Eric Dinowitz, chairman of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, echoed those sentiments to CNN. “I am deeply disturbed by this heinous, yet predictable, anti-Semitic attack in Central Park. Anti-Semitic attacks are growing at an alarming rate due to hateful rhetoric and willful ignorance. These attacks on New York’s Jews “There are not isolated incidents but a pattern of attacks on entire people,” he said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. reached an all-time high last year — up 34 percent from 2020.
The NYPD has seen an increase in hate crimes overall, led by a sharp increase in antisemitism incidents in November. According to NYPD statistics, the department reported 45 incidents last month, up from 20 incidents reported in November 2021.
Earlier this month, New York police arrested a man accused of firing a BB gun at a Jewish father and son who were out shopping for groceries.
In a separate incident this month, a grand jury indicted two men — one Jewish and one the descendant of a Holocaust survivor — online for attacking a synagogue in New York City last month. In relation to the threat.
“The upcoming holiday of Chanukah is a celebration of hope against insurmountable odds, and I ask that everyone use this opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against anti-Semitism, so that the Jewish community can be united,” Denowitz said. Members can live in safety and dignity,” Denowitz said.