VIDEO: kippah-clad man beaten on L.A. street

Police have not classified the attack as a hate crime, but rather a random attack.

By JTA, JPOST.COM STAFF
May 24, 2017 10:34

Orthodox Jewish victim is Beaten up badly on the way to pray (FACEBOOK)

Orthodox Jewish victim is Beaten up badly on the way to pray (FACEBOOK)

An elderly man wearing a kippah was attacked as he walked to morning prayers in a Los Angeles neighborhood.

The attack took place Monday morning in the Fairfax District, near the Congregation Bais Yehuda synagogue, according to the local ABC affiliate, KABC. Surveillance video shows the assailant punching and kicking the man, knocking him to the ground. The assailant then walks away from the scene.

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Los Angeles police have not classified the attack as a hate crime or robbery but rather a random attack, KABC reported.

Antisemitic incidents in the US have surged more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to new data from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, ADL reports that "there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools."


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