(JNS) Avraham Gopin, the 63-year-old New York rabbi who was brutally assaulted in Brooklyn on Aug. 27, told CBS New York that the attack was clearly motivated by “hate.”
The assault took place at Lincoln Terrace Park in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Gopin. The assailant threw a brick at his face and then jumped on him, punching him “20, 25, 30 times.” Gopin fought back and eventually the assailant fled.
“It was hate,” said Gopin. “He said ‘Jew, Jew.’ He said something in that direction … he was for certain looking to kill. No doubt about [that].”
That he survived the attack was a “miracle from God,” he said, adding that he still plans to visit the park with his family.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that “The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this despicable act of violence, and we will find the attacker. This city will stop at nothing to protect our communities from hate and violence.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that Gopin’s assault is “the latest in a really disturbing pattern of violence & harassment directed at Jews in Brooklyn. We need action before more people get hurt.”
Within one week of these tweets, a second incident, also being investigated as a hate crime, occurred. Police said a group of men threw a rock at a delivery driver, who was identifiably an Orthodox Jew.
This attack took place about a dozen blocks away from where the rabbi was injured.