'The Nazis Should Have Killed You': Jewish Man Attacked in Brooklyn

A Chassidic Jewish man was allegedly attacked in Brooklyn on Friday by an unknown assailant who told him "The Nazis should have killed you Jews" before he fled the scene of the assault.

Police said the 32-year-old victim was walking down the block when he saw an unknown man who said "What are you looking at?", according to COLive, an independent Orthodox Jewish news outlet.

The assailant punched the man in the head and the face resulting in injuries that required hospital treatment. Before the attacker fled, he made the remark about the Nazis, which appears to be a clear reference to the Holocaust.

The incident took place at around 3p.m. on Friday on President Street, between Utica Avenue and Schenectady Avenue, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Crown Heights has a significant Chassidic Jewish population.

Crown Heights Hatzalah - a volunteer emergency medical service - brought the victim to a local hospital.

Rabbi Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC) told COLive: "This is a very troubling and worrisome incident, especially that is occurred in broad daylight."

"I am sure that the police will increase security around the neighborhood over Shabbos to ensure the safety of local residents," Sperlin said.

"It is important that we find this individual right away and get him off the streets," the rabbi added.

Police are searching for the assailant but no arrest has yet been made.

COLive's report did not identify the victim but Republican Representative Lee Zeldin of New York's 1st congressional district issued a statement on Friday condemning an attack on Rabbi Yehoshua Lefkowitz that took place in Crown Heights.

Zeldin called the attack "the latest in a disturbing and unacceptable trend of anti-Jewish hate and violence that is spreading throughout our communities, nation and the world."

"Instead of observing Shabbat at Great Neck Synagogue, Rabbi Lefkowitz was sent to the hospital beaten and bruised," Zeldin said.

"Practicing the Jewish faith should not be a life-threatening endeavor anywhere in the world, but especially not in the United States, where we cherish religious freedom. New York City's streets and subways are filled right now with violence, hate and lawlessness," he went on.

"Many elected officials empower it, and the justice system remains handcuffed. This has to end now! Our hearts are with Rabbi Lefkowitz tonight, and we pray for his full and speedy recovery," Zeldin's statement concluded.

Newsweek has contacted Zeldin's office and the CHJCC to confirm whether Lefkowitz was the 32-year-old victim or if these were separate incidents.

People Walk Through Crown Heights in 2019
People walk through the Orthodox Jewish section of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn on December 31, 2019 in New York City. A Jewish man was attacked in Crown Heights on Friday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images