The New York Police Department (NYPD) is searching for a man suspected of calling a Jewish man a “dirty Jew” before punching him in the face.
Blake Zavadsky, 21, said that he and his friend were waiting for a shop to open in Brooklyn before being approached by two men who called them “dirty Jews” and demanded that Mr Zavadsky remove his sweater bearing the emblem of the Israel Defence Forces. One of the men then punched him several times and poured coffee on the sweater.
The primary assailant reportedly fled on 86th Street toward Fourth Avenue.
The incident is being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes unit, which tweeted: “On 12/26/21, at approx. 10:45 AM, a male, 21, was waiting for a store to open when an individual made anti-Jewish statements and punched him in his face multiple times before fleeing on foot on 86th St towards 4th Ave in Brooklyn. Info? DM us or @NYPDTips or 1-800-577-TIPS.”
Social media users are now posting photographs of themselves wearing a similar sweater in solidarity with the victim.
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