Jews under attack: white supremacists aren’t the only culprits


Jews under attack: white supremacists aren’t the only culprits

As anti-Semitic violence almost doubles in a year in New York, it seems simplistic to focus only on the usual suspects

Harriet Alexander

In the late August sun Rabbi Avraham Gopin decided to go to the park to take some exercise. The 63-year-old went through his regular routine of stretching and jogging in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn.

A man approached him. A confrontation ensued. The man grabbed a rock larger than his hand, and smashed the rabbi in the face, breaking his nose, knocking out two teeth, splattering blood on his tzitzit, the fringes worn by observant Jews.

“When he saw me, he jumped towards me, throwing rocks full force towards my head,” said Gopin. “Then he jumped on me, start to fight ... trying to knock me in the face – 20, 25, 30 times with his fists and I was protecting myself. He was about to kill me.”..

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