Open Season on Jews?
Open season on Jews continues.
The latest reported example of black mob violence on Jews came last Sunday night in the Orthodox enclave of Crown Heights. A security video obtained by CrownHeights.info, shows a group of black people punching a young Jewish man in face.
The video is so compelling and the number of recent cases so great that some network affiliates are having a hard time ignoring it.
There are lots of examples. The local NBC affiliate reports:
One man who didn't want to be identified told Slattery his 12-year-old son was attacked in the same way.
"It's clearly anti-Semitism," the man said.
The 64-year-old said his son, who was dressed in traditional Jewish clothing, was attacked last Wednesday afternoon on President Street.
"One, full strength with his fist, whacked him, punched him, on the side of the face, full force," the man said.
The child went to the ground as he heard the group of five to six teens yell out.
"A hysterical, happy shout, 'We got him,'" the man said.
Video also shows a 19-year-old Jewish man being sucker-punched.
"He was actually holding an expensive camera. And they punched him and nothing was stolen," Rabbi Yaacov Behrman said.
Over the last two months, New York police and Jewish leaders in Brooklyn report 8 episodes of black mob violence and vandalism against Jews. Some on video.
The black mob on Jewish violence is part of a pattern documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore it.
Rabbi Berhman said he believes black people are playing the Knockout Game.
The Knockout Game is a form of black on white crime where a black person, or a group of black people, punch a white person in the face until that person is knocked out. It is also played with Asians, old people, and gay people.
The genesis of the game and how widespread -- and sometimes deadly it is -- is documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot.
At least one Jewish leader in Brooklyn told the ABC News affiliate that race probably had nothing to do with the 8 attacks and acts of vandalism directed at Jews.
"I don't think it's part of an overall racial tension in the area, it's just something that's somehow got into the minds of some youngsters," said Rabbi Eli Cohen of the Jewish Community Council.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly said it is too soon to tell if the attacks form any kind of pattern. But he will let us know.
The last reporting on a rash of black on Jewish violence took place last summer when the New York Post ran a story headlined: "Anti-Jewish crime wave:"
"In the most disturbing incident, a mob of six black teenagers shouting, "Dirty Jew!" and "Dirty kike!" repeatedly bashed Marc Heinberg, 61, as he walked home from temple in Sheepshead Bay (in June.)"
This was one of several black mob attacks on -- and robberies of -- Jewish people in Brooklyn over the last three years -- leaving broken bones and life threatening injuries in their wake.
In February 2012, four black people beat and robbed an Orthodox Jew in the New York suburb of Monsey. They were charged with hate crimes after it was determined they targeted the victim based on his religion. ABC reports the suspects confessed "they were out to rob a Jew."
In the final days of October 2012, a man hurrying home to seek shelter from the hurricane was set upon -- on video -- by a group of five black people. The knocked him out, robbed him, and stepped on his head before walking away.
A few days later, the Crown Heights news reports:" A young Jewish boy was attacked this evening while on his way home. The victim, a 10 year old was returning home from Yeshivas Erev. At approximately 8:15pm he was accosted by a large group of black youths near the corner of Kingston Ave and Lefferts Ave."
The most famous case of black mob violence directed at Jews came in 1991 when a religious student hit and killed a black child while driving a car through Crown Heights. Al Sharpton led rallies to protest what he said was unequal medical treatment given to the black child.
The incident touched off several days of black riots in Crown Heights. One Jew was killed. "There is a feeling here that the hatred must run so deep," said the ABC correspondent of the widespread black mob violence, "that a traffic accident could trigger what is going on here now."