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NYPD Searching for Man Who Violently Assaulted an Orthodox Jew

The NYPD is searching for a hateful attacker who snarled “Free Palestine!” while chucking a rock at a Jewish man in Brooklyn late last month. 

The victim – a 47-year-old dad of six – was leaving his real estate job around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and heading to his car when cops say he was targeted by the bike-riding suspect on Montrose Avenue near South 5th Street in Williamsburg.

“I felt something hit me,” the victim, who asked to be identified using his first name, Shloimy, recalled to The Post about the moment the creep hurled the rock at him — an attack captured in surveillance footage released by the NYPD Monday.

“I turned around in the direction of where I came from,” Shloimy, a lifelong Brooklynite, said in an interview Tuesday. “There was someone sitting there on his bike and he just yelled at me and said ‘Free Palestine!’ like a bark.”

Shloimy said he tried to chase the attacker, who pedaled away on the bike, heading west toward Broadway, according to cops.

“I’m Orthodox Jewish, and I see when someone chants that and throws a rock at me it’s an antisemitic hate assault in this beautiful free country we are living,” recalled the victim, who police said was wearing “traditional religious attire” at the time of the unprovoked attack.

“He definitely targeted me,” Shloimy said of his attacker. “In fact, there were other people standing in the vicinity. They were not Jews and he wasn’t doing anything to them.”

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating, and so far, no arrests have been made, authorities said. 

The rock-flinging bigot is believed to be about 25 years old and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, cops said.

He was last seen wearing a gray jacket, blue sweatpants, a blue hoodie, and white sneakers.

Last month, 62 hate crimes targeting Jewish victims were reported citywide — up from 45 such offenses reported in November 2022.

The city has seen a surge in antisemitic crimes since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war in early October, according to NYPD data.

“It’s just scary what’s happening,” Shloimy said, adding the rise in such crimes had left him feeling “very unsafe.”

“Someone minding his business and walking in the street in Brooklyn has no connection to anything happening elsewhere unless it’s a violent attacker and he just wants to attack,” he added.

His home borough “doesn’t feel like it used to be,” he said, adding that people in his community are scared.

“People are saying it’s unbelievable and how it’s gotten to this point and the streets are unsafe,” he said. “It shows you that this is a big, big problem.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2023/12/12/metro/hateful-attacker-on-bike-snarls-free-palestine-hurls-rock-at-jewish-man-in-nyc-cops/