The owner of a Jewish bookstore in New York’s Manhattan Upper West Side has been attacked by a man who claimed to be a Muslim and went on a rant about Jews outside the store.
According to EJP, the suspect struck the 52-year-old Salmon Salczer in the face.
The incident began when the manager of the West Side Judaica and Bookstore observed a man screaming and pacing outside the business.
When he stepped outside to see what the commotion was about, the man repeatedly shouted, “**** you Jew. I’ll kill you. I’m a Muslim.”
The suspect, believed to be about 20, then punched the owner in the face. He took off on a scooter. He has not been caught at the time of this report.
New York Council Member Mark Levine declared : “This terrible incident is a stark reminder that no neighborhood in New York City is immune from the mounting threat of anti-Semitic attacks.”
The attack has shocked the mainly Jewish neighborhood, where Salczer and his family have been for more than 30 years.
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Meanwhile, the New York City Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime after a Jewish man was attacked in Borough Park.
Police say a 20-year-old man was attacked and verbally assaulted Wednesday afternoon as he was leaving the train station.
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