The NYPD hate crimes unit is currently investigating two separate assaults in Brooklyn that appear to be related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The first incident occurred on Wednesday night in the Bay Ridge neighborhood. According to the police, a group of suspects riding in three cars waved Israeli flags and shouted anti-Palestinian remarks at three men walking on 86th Street near 4th Avenue. In response, the men yelled “Free Palestine” before the group exited their vehicles and physically assaulted one of the victims, an 18-year-old. All three men were assaulted before the suspects fled the scene. The victims, who are of Arab or Palestinian descent, declined medical attention and are expected to be okay.
The second assault took place earlier that same night in the Navy Yard/Williamsburg section. A 34-year-old man holding a Palestinian flag was attacked while walking on Flushing Avenue near Classon Avenue. The assailant, described as wearing Jewish clothing, forcibly took the flag, tore it up, and struck the victim with the pole attached to it.
The NYPD is currently searching for the suspects involved in both incidents and has not yet provided descriptions. Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip via their website or Twitter.
The incidents have sparked concerns about the escalation of violence related to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Brooklyn. Local residents expressed surprise and emphasized the need for peace and calm in their community.
The investigation into these assaults is ongoing, and the NYPD hate crimes unit is actively working to identify and apprehend the suspects involved.