A number of Jews were attacked in New York City at the end of 2019. I decided to compile a list of in-person assaults and harassment of Jews in the New York City metropolitan area in 2019. I am providing sources for 60 incidents listed. There may be other incidents unreported or that I didn’t find. Some incidents include multiple victims or multiple victims across time. While I do not have reason to dispute the claims of any of the victims, all accusations below should be considered alleged unless already proven.

January 2019

One teen, out of a group of six to eight rowdy teens on the sidewalk between Schenectady Avenue and Troy Avenues, sucked-punched Steven in the back of the head and then in the right cheek as he was walking home. Steven was a teenage member of the Chabad Hasidic movement in his late teens. He fought back and then the group fled.

Source: Tablet

January 16, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a person punched an Orthodox Jewish man in the stomach without provocation while passing by and then walked away.

Source: ADL

January 18, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, while passing by and without provocation, a person ran towards a Jewish woman and punched her in the arm.

Source: ADL

January 29, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, three people pushed a Jewish man to the pavement and then punched and kicked him.

Source: ADL

January 2019

A neighbor verbally harassed a Jewish woman, which included shouting at her that “You and your family are dirty Jews and should go back from where you came.”

Source: ADL

March 31, 2019

At an anti-Jewish Polish restitution demonstration in Foley Square, some protesters held signs that accused Jews of welcoming invasions by the Nazis and Soviets. Protesters also wanted to “Stop [the] Holocaust Industry.” One protester waved a dollar bill at a Jewish counter-protester.

Source: Newsweek

March 2019

On Shabbat, some teenagers yelled, “We love Hitler,” to a Jewish family who were walking by.

Source: ADL

March 2019

A person spit on a Jewish man who was on the street and then yelled, “All Jews are evil.”

Source: ADL

March 2019

A man called two Jewish men “Fucking Jew bastards” and then told them, “Heil Hitler,” as they were walking by on the street.

Source: ADL

March 22, 2019

At Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Kingston, an 21-year-old employee, Will Sullivan turned off the lights in a cooler while his 18-year-old Jewish co-worker, Sarah Shabanowitz, was inside, and said, ”Now we’re going to put you in the gas chamber.” When he saw the shocked look on her face, he said, “Yeah, you fucking Jew.” Shabanowitz complained to management and Sullivan was moved to another department, but he harassed her about making him look bad. Her store manager then told her to take Sullivan’s statements as a joke and “either quit your job or do the register.” Mother Earth announced Sullivan was fired on March 16th and arrested and charged with aggravated harassment on March 22, 2019.

Sources: ADL, ABC News

April 2019

Outside AIPAC and the Israeli Consulate offices, Patriot Front held a protest “in support of national sovereignty, and in opposition to Zionist influence.”

Source: ADL

April 2019

On a subway, a person verbally harassed a Jewish man.

Source: ADL

April 2019

In a New York City park, a group of teenagers yelled at a Jewish couple, “You fucking Jew. The Holocaust never happened.”

Source: ADL

April 2019

At a Polish-America protest opposing Holocaust reparations for Jews, some protesters held antisemitic signs.

Source: ADL

May 1, 2019

At the corner of Carroll and Albany in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a big, tall Hispanic man screamed at two Jewish girls who were in his way, and then screamed at property manager Jack Blachman when he checked on the situation. The man yelled, “You Jews, you’ve created this cult,” and then spit in his face.

Source: Tablet

May 16, 2019

Near 12th Avenue and 51st Street in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a car with four men pulled up beside two 16-year-old Hasidic boys who were walking home around 1:30 a.m. One of these men shouted, “Allahu Akbar!” at them. The boys ran away, and the car followed them. Another man shouted at the boys, “Do you know Hitler? We love Hitler!” He then added, “You know who Hitler was? He did great things.”

Source: 1010 WINS

May 2019

In Williamsburg, a teenager punched a Satmar Hasidic Jew named Yehuda during the day.

Source: Tablet

May 4, 2019

A person pushed a Jewish man and called him a “Fucking Jew” while they were walking on the street.

Source: ADL

May 7, 2019

On 57th Street and Park Avenue, an Orthodox Jewish driver was unable to get out of his lane and attempted to make a turn to get into the Queens Midtown Tunnel. An NYPD Traffic Agent walked over and told him “You can’t make a right turn, you stupid Jew.” He parked, and his passenger walked over to the agent and asked him for his badge number while recording with his camera. The Agent refused to give his badge number and instead said, “I didn’t mean what I said, and I apologized to the other gentleman.”

Source: The Yeshiva World

May 2019

On a subway train, a person called a Jewish man a “Stupid Jew” and spat on him.

Source: ADL

June 12, 2019

At West 4th Street station in Manhattan, a 21-year-old man knocked the hat off a Jew and said, “Stupid Jew, what’s your problem?” The perpetrator was arrested and charged with harassment and aggravated harassment.

Source: The City

June 13, 2019

At the Gates Avenue station in Brooklyn, a 26-year-old man yelled at a 33-year-old man, saying “Heil, Hitler!” and “All Jews must die!” He then grabbed the victim’s phone and threw it at the oncoming J train.

Source: The City

June 15, 2019

In Borough Park, Brooklyn, two men in a white Infiniti drove around the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and were reportedly involved in six to nine incidents. One incident involved a man from the passenger side getting out and lunging at a Jewish person who was in a shtreimel and long black jacket as they were walking down the sidewalk. The man then ran to the car and they sped away.

Source: Tablet

June 2019

The New Jersey European Heritage Association distributed materials that read: “Build the wall! Deport them all,” “Jewish communism killed 100 million,” and “Open borders for Israel.”

Source: ADL

August 2019

A taxi driver made antisemitic comments to his paying passenger.

Source: ADL

August 2019

A person threw a book and told their victim that “Jews are rapists, murderers, and thieves” and called them a kike.

Source: ADL

August 8, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a person made antisemitic insults against two Jewish men, sprayed them with a canister of mace, and hit one victim on the head with a stick.

Source: ADL

August 27, 2019

In Rochester Park in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a 26-year-old black man with dreadlocks, Oniel Gilbourne, threw construction material at Rabbi Avraham Gopin, a 63-year-old Hasidic Jewish man wearing a yarmulke as he was exercising. They started fighting, and Gilbourne then hit Gopin in the mouth and forehead with a stone brick. Gopin had two teeth knocked out, suffered a forehead laceration, injured his leg, and had his nose broken. Gilbourne also called Gopin a “dirty Jew.” Gilbourne was later arrested and charged with a hate crime.

Sources: ABC News, ABC News, Haaretz, ABC7

August 31, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a person threw a heavy object at a 34-year old Hasidic Jewish man as he was sitting in his car. The man was hit in the face and suffered an eye injury.

Sources: CBS New York, CBS New York

September 1, 2019

In Midwood, Brooklyn, as Shabbat was ending, two men who were drinking in front of a synagogue near Avenue J and East 15th Street when one of the men pushed an Orthodox Jewish man to the ground, call him a “Fucking Jew,” and hit him in the face with a belt over and over again. He was treated for cuts on his face and head.

Source: CBS New York

November 1, 2019

At New Utrecht Avenue and 53rd Street around midnight, a few males left their vehicle and proceeded to chase two Orthodox Jewish boys, who escaped unharmed. The same assailants returned to their vehicles and drove to 48th Street near Bobover Bais Midrash, and punched an Orthodox Jewish man who was sitting in his vehicle. There were additional assaults of Orthodox Jews in Borough Park on 14th Avenue and 51st Street and on 14th Avenue and 55th Street, though it is unclear if it was by the same men. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment.

Source: The Jerusalem Post, New York Daily News, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

November 7, 2019

In New York, a person on the street said “fucking Jews” to a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke.

Source: ADL

November 8, 2019

Outside the Boro Park JCC in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a person in a car said antisemitic slurs to two Jewish women.

Source: ADL

November 9, 2019

In Brooklyn, two separate incidents involving throwing eggs were reported. In the first one, a young man threw an egg at a 38-year-old mother and her four children who were walking on 38th Street to the synagogue. Fifteen minutes later, he threw an egg at Sanz Synagogue on Dahill Road and fled the scene. Police arrested 18-year-old Mohib Hoque and charged with three counts of hate crime assault, three counts of hate crime aggravated harassment, three counts of hate crime harassment and hate crime reckless endangerment

Sources: New York Daily News, ABC7, New York Post

November 10, 2019

At 15th Street and 38th Street in Borough Park, Brooklyn, three young males came up from behind and threw an egg that struck a 50-year-old Jewish mother in the back and then they fled. She had a young child with her.

Sources: New York Daily News, @BoroPark24

November 11, 2019

At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Albany Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a gang of five teenagers smacked a 14-year-old Jewish boy in the head who was wearing traditional Orthodox clothing and then grabbed the hat off a 15-year-old Jewish boy and threw it to the ground as they ran off.

Source: New York Post

November 17, 2019

At the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, a few players from the North Park youth hockey team made antisemitic comments to a few players from the Scarsdale Raiders team.  One North Park youth called a Scarsdale youth a Jew and he also heard “Go back to synagogue.” Another youth was told, “Disgusting Jew.”

Source: CBS New York

November 20, 2019

On Howard Drive in northwest New York City, a person stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man several times as he was walking to a synagogue.

Source: CNN

November 29, 2019

On a subway platform of President Street and Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a black man approached a Jewish man and yelled antisemitic remarks at him.

Source: COLlive

December 2, 2019

On the Utica Avenue subway platform in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a woman shouted antisemitic slurs at a Jewish women, including “the Fucking Jew with the wig,” and threatened to throw her down on the tracks.  

Source: CrownHeights.info

December 3, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, three teenagers threw a rock at a school bus which had children aboard from a Jewish elementary school.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

December 8, 2019

At a Costco on Rockaway Turnpike, a white man with dyed hair, multiple piercings, and neck and body tattoos, approached an Orthodox Jew, Avrumi F., in a restroom and said, “You fucking Jew, the nazis will get you.” Avrumi then started filming and tried to get the man to repeat himself. Then man later got aggressive and asked if Avrumi wanted to “take this outside.” Avrumi then got the man to repeat himself on video, saying, “The Nazis will fucking kill you.” Avrumi continued to film and the man said, “Whatcha gonna do? Show this to the cops? Fuck the cops!” The man then lunged towards him and said to Avrumi, “That’s what I thought.” The man then threatened Avrumi multiple times, including saying, “I’ll pull out the gun and smack the shit outta you.”

Source: Vos Iz Neias?

December 10, 2019

At the Bayview Cemetery, a couple, 47-year-old David N. Anderson and 50-year-old Francine Graham shot and killed Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals when he approached them. The couple were prime suspects in a murder the past weekend of a 34-year-old Uber driver named Michael Rumberger, which Seals was investigating. The couple then drove about a mile and stopped outside the JC Kosher Supermarket at 12:43 p.m. Graham fired shots into the store, killing three people inside and injuring another. The couple then engaged in a gun fight with police from inside the store, which ended around 3:47 p.m. with two officers wounded and both perpetrators killed. The Jersey City major has claimed the suspects were going to attack the yeshiva school nearby, but evidence does not support that claim at this time.

The couple’s stolen U-Haul van contained weapons and a handwritten note that read, “I do this because my creator makes me do this and I hate who he hates.” The couple had repeatedly attended church services at the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, a Black Hebrew Israelite church in Harlem.

Anderson was connected with a Facebook account with the name of Dawada Maqabath and an Instagram account with the name Baryon and a handle of @akaNapoleonehill. One Instagram post had an image mentioning the “12 Tribes” and is captioned, “We are Royalty!!! Hosea 4:6 Come Back to God Now!!!” Another Instagram post had a “Black Jesus” image with the caption, “Revelations 1:13-15 Jesus comes from the tribe of JUDAH!!!!!!!!!! Yall nigguz better wake the f**k up before its too late. America has NOTHING for us but DEATH.”

Anderson was also connected to a Soundcloud account with the name AKANapoleonHill. The profile avatar was an image titled “wanted for murder” that showed former police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri. The SoundCloud profile contained a protest song that appears to have been recorded by Anderson titled “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” based on the confrontation between Wilson and Brown.

There are also online posts with the Dawada Maqabath username that have not been definitively connected to him, but which seem to align with him. One comment implied the Baton Rouge police officers who killed Alton Sterling in 2016 were carrying out a “well planned agenda” orchestrated by Jews. Another comment praised Gavin Long, “He saw an injustice that needed to be corrected, and he obeyed the commandments of TMH [The Most High] God.” Long was the black nationalist and sovereign citizen who shot six police officers in Baton Rouge. Another comment said, “There are NO innocent cops. The entire organization was built with nefarious intentions against Israelites.” Yet another comment said, “Blacks ARE Jews, the “jewish” [sic] are imposters.”

Sources: ADL, ABC7, New York Post, NBC New York, New York PostAP, Heavy, USA Today

December 12, 2019

On a subway train in Manhattan at 11:40 p.m. a 38-year-old Muslim woman, Zarinah Ali, started yelling at a Jewish man across from her who was wearing a yarmulke. The woman “started cursing and yelling at him about him being a Jew and ‘Allahu akbar’ and how Allah will end us all,” according to the Israeli student sitting next to him, Lihi Aharon. Aharon started recording the incident on her phone, at which time Ali said to Aharon, “You can record everything you want to sell. Allahu akbar. But you know what they’re going to do? It’s gonna be deleted.” The woman reportedly said the Jersey City Supermarket shooting was “great” and added that the shooters should have killed more Jews. Ali grabbed Aharon’s face and they fought, leaving Aharon’s face with a noticeable scratch. “Eventually, that lady found herself outside on the subway station on the floor with all her belongings,” said Aharon. Ali repeatedly chanted, “Allahu akbar.” Ali also said, “It’s in the Koran, where they curse the serpent Jew, you wouldn’t believe. You fucking nasty ass Jew. You nasty motherfucker. You a nasty ass motherfucker, you stink. You fucking stinkin’ ass Jew.” Ali was arrested and charged with assault.

Sources: New York Post, Jerusalem Post

December 12, 2019

In Borough Park, Brooklyn, an Hispanic man in his 40s pointed a handgun at a Jewish man.

Source: Arutz Sheva 7

December 23, 2019

In the lobby of one of NYCHA’s Independence Towers buildings at 99 Wilson Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at around 8:40 p.m., two teenagers assaulted two Orthodox Jewish boys, ages 6 and 7.

Source: ADL, Brooklyn Eagle

December 23, 2019

At East 41st Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, a 28-year-old from Miami, Steven Jorge, punched and kicked a 65-year-old Jewish man and yelled, “Fuck you, Jew.”

Sources: Newsday, CNN

December 24, 2019

On Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, around 2:00 a.m., a group of black youths said expletives and anti-Jewish slurs at a Jewish man who was walking there. As the man took out his cell phone to record the incident, one of the suspects threw what appears to have been soda at the victim and used more anti-Jewish slurs.

Source: The Yeshiva World

December 24, 2019

In Queens around 9:50 a.m., a 20-something-year-old man tried to get into the Talmud Torah Siach Yitzchok school in Far Rockaway and the school staff denied him entry. He then walked to a car and said antisemitic slurs to the 44-year-old Jewish woman inside before spitting on her through the window.

Source: 1010WINS

December 24, 2019

On Union Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn around 5:30 p.m., a group of black youth came up behind a 56-year-old Hasidic Jewish man and punched him in the back of the head. At around 5:56 p.m., the same group of black youth struck a 23-year-old Hasidic Jewish in the head with a chair, punched him in the face, and threatened him with a stick before running away.

Sources: @NYPDNews, @ChabadLubavitch, The Yeshiva World, NBC New York, Brooklyn Eagle

December 25, 2019

On 13th Avenue near 48th Street in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a man blocked the path of a 40-year-old Jewish man dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, punched him in the face, and ran away.

Source: NBC New York

December 25, 2019

At Sammy’s Bagels in Teaneck, New Jersey, a person attacked three Jewish men, scratching one on his face. The men yelled something like “the Jews killed my God” and “take off your fucking hat.” A patrol supervisor later took the perpetrator to a hospital for evaluation.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

December 26, 2019

In Gravesend, Brooklyn, a 43-year-old woman, Ayana Logan, shouted, “You fucking Jew, your end is coming!” and hit a 34-year-old woman who was with her 3-year-old child. Logan was arrested and given supervised release that included mental health appointments.

Source: New York Post

December 27, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a 30-year-old woman, Tiffany Harris, slapped three Orthodox Jewish women, ages 22 to 31, in the face and head, and said, “F-U Jews!” She was ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation.

Sources: New York Post, AP

December 27, 2019

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a 30-year-old woman for slapped three Jewish women and yelled antisemitic slurs including, “Fuck you Jew.”

Source: CBS Local

December 27, 2019

At Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, a man wearing a hoodie threatened to shoot and then escaped to the subway.

Source: ABC7

December 28, 2019

In Monsey at around 10pm, 37-year-old Grafton E. Thomas of Greenwood Lake, New York, stabbed five people as they gathered at a Hasidic rabbi’s home to celebrate Hanukkah. One person was seriously wounded and in critical condition. Another victim was the rabbi’s son. Thomas was indicated on six counts of attempt murder and other charges. Thomas’ family released a statement saying the attack was because of mental illness and not motivated by antisemitism. Law enforcement recovered handwritten journals written by Thomas where he said the following:

  • “Hebrew Israelites” took from the “powerful ppl (ebinoid Israelites).”
  • Questioning “why ppl mourning for anti-Semitism when there is Semitic genocide.”
  • References to “Nazi culture” and “Hitler” were on a page along with drawings of the Star of David and a swastika

Law enforcement also was able to access the contents of his phone. Its web browser history indicated someone had performed the following recent searches:

  • “Why did Hitler hate the Jews?”
  • “German Jewish temples near me”
  • “Zionist temples in Elizabeth NJ”
  • “Zionist Temples of Staten Island”
  • “Prominent companies founded by Jews in America”

Sources: CBS News, NBC New York, Complaint in United States of America v Grafton E. Thomas

December 30, 2019

At Avenue O near 8th Street in Brooklyn, a pair of men flashed a knife at a 17-year-old Jew as they yelled “Hey Jew boy.”

Source: New York Post

December 31, 2019

In Brooklyn, a man and woman grabbed an Orthodox Jewish woman’s wig.

Source: ADL

December 31, 2019

On a bus bound for King’s Plaza at East 17th Street and Avenue U, two people flashed a knife at a 15- year-old Jewish teen, Zachary Hershkovich, and then pulled off his earbuds and yarmulke and taunted him with antisemitic remarks.

Sources: New York Post

Photo: Satmar Zoom on Flickr