Brooklyn, NY – Two Orthodox Jewish brothers leaving Yom Kippur services on Wednesday afternoon were attacked by a group of young men who uttered obscenities at the pair as they passed on a Mill Basin street.
The incident took place at 3:45 PM as the brothers, ages 23 and 19, were heading home from the Flatbush Park Jewish Center on Avenue U near 63rd Street, reported the Daily News. The two were on 66th Street near Strickland Avenue when three men walking in the opposite direction called out “(Obscenity) Jews.”
Sources said that the older brother responded, “It’s our holiday.” He then touched one of the men who punched him in the face, with the incident escalating into a full blown attack against the pair.
The 19 year old, who was treated on scene by paramedics, sustained bruises on his eye and a split lip. The 23 year old was taken by Hatzolah to New York Community Hospital where he was treated for bruised ribs and a cut in his mouth.
All three of the attackers were estimated to be in their twenties, with one in a white t-shirt, one in a pink t-shirt and the third dressed in a Pink Floyd t-shirt.
In the wake of the Chelsea bombing in September, Police Commissioner James O’Neill promised Jewish leaders increased police patrols for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at a pre-holiday briefing held at One Police Plaza.
“We will not allow anyone in New York City to attack or harass anyone because of their faith,” said O’Neill. “We will do everything we can to ensure people worship freely and lives their lives free from fear.”