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In the second suspected local anti-Semitic attack in two days, a teenager carrying a stick chased after an identifiably Orthodox Jewish man on Monday in Brooklyn and hit him on his back and shoulders, breaking the stick.
On Sunday, a 37-year-old Muslim immigrant from Pakistan beat an Orthodox Jewish man at an intersection in Brooklyn. Farrukh Afzal has been charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment, the Times of Israel reported.
The victim, Rabbi Lipa Schwartz, 62, claimed Afzal shouted “Allah, Allah” and said he wanted to “kill all Jews,” making references to Israel throughout the attack.
However, Yeshiva World News reported hate crimes charges were dropped and the incident has been labeled road rage. The newssite said Afzal apparently had mistaken Schwartz for another Orthodox Jewish man with whom he had had a confrontation.
Afzal’s wife claimed her husband is schizophrenic and was acting out because he did not take his medication, the New York Daily News reported.
In the Monday attack, the teenager was arrested by police with the assistance of the Shomrim volunteer patrol after witnesses chased him.
The teen had been released by police about a half hour earlier after he was caught shoplifting.
Along with a hate crime charge, the teen was charged with felony assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.
The Anti-Defamation League’s New York-New Jersey regional director, Evan Bernstein, issued a statement after the second attack.
“We cannot allow events such as these to become the new normal. We will continue to offer our support in responding to hate, so that New York City remains safe and inclusive for all,” he said.