(New York) The day before in Times Square, during clashes between pro-Israel and Palestinians, New York police on Friday were searching for the perpetrators of the attack on a Jewish man, amid rising conflict in the Middle East amid rising energy anti-Semitic measures.
According to a police spokesman, the attack took place around 6.30pm on Thursday: “Five or six men” beat and sprayed a 29-year-old man with pepper spray and threw anti-Semitic slurries. A video of the scene was released by the New York Post.
Police, who called for witnesses on Twitter, said Friday that the victim was hospitalized in a “stable” condition without giving his identity.
The 23-year-old was identified as Wasim Awwadeh and was suspected of being involved in the attack by hitting the man with a crutch and committing a hate attack and assault in the assembly. Everything else was also wanted on Friday.
The incidents come amid clashes between pro-Israel protesters and pro-Palestinians shortly after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas after 11 days of conflict. Twenty-six people were arrested during the demonstration, the spokesman said.
Police also believe a woman suffered burns when fireworks were thrown into the crowd, which could also be a “hate-induced crime.”
“There is no opposition to Semitism”
The mayor of the American metropolis, Bill de Blasio, who is home to the largest Jewish community outside of Israel, tweeted on Friday, “Semitism has no place in our city” and “the perpetrators of this heinous act will be prosecuted.”
He said police had tightened security for two weeks in “sensitive areas” for Jewish and Palestinian communities in the city.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and other elected Democrats or candidates for the next municipal election also condemned the attack, while influential young congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cartez on Saturday condemned Israel’s “racist” policy towards Palestinians.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the Palestinian liberation movement,” the Democrat left-wing star tweeted. “Our criticisms are aimed at Israel and its human rights abuses. They are not an excuse for anti-Semitic crimes.”
According to Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which fights anti-Semitism and racism, “we have recorded more than 50% increase in anti-Semitic activity in the last seven to 10 days.”
Many recent anti-Semitic attacks have gone unnoticed, he lamented.
He noted that the media on Tuesday attacked Jewish people sitting on the terrace of a restaurant in Los Angeles, particularly in New York, Florida, Illinois and other attacks in California, and reported anti-government “disturbing” growth. Semitic messages on social media.
There have been several protests in New York and other cities around the world since the conflict began.