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‘Black Hebrew Israelite’ Arrested after Threatening Orthodox Jews with Knife in Brooklyn

A group of four young orthodox Jewish students were victims of an antisemitic incident by a knife-wielding man on Thursday evening in Brooklyn Bridge Park in downtown Brooklyn.

The young Israelis were in the park at approximately midnight, when they were approached by a black male, who proceeded to shout antisemitic slurs and insults at them.He shouted at the Jewish men to get out of the park, and then he took out a knife and demanded that they give him money, the victims said.

NGO StopAntisemitism released a photo of the antisemitic perpetrator. The slurs and insults overheard are similar anti-Jewish language used by antisemites such as Kanye West.

The man shouted rhetoric commonly heard from Black Hebrew Israelites, claiming that he is the real Jew. Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI) are classified as a hate group by multiple advocacy groups, including StopAntisemitism. The Jersey City supermarket shooting in 2019 during which 6 people were killed was perpetrated by a man who identified as a member of BHI.

The victims called Shmira of Williamsburg, who arrived and called the police, who arrested the man. The charges were upgraded on Friday to include hate crime charges.