BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack in Brooklyn after a group of pro-Israel supporters allegedly beat up a man who yelled “free Palestine” Wednesday night.
The incident occurred on 86th Street and 4th Avenue around 11:30 p.m., when a car with people yelling pro-Israel remarks pulled up to three men on the side of the street, according to the NYPD.
One of the men yelled back “free Palestine” and the suspects jumped out of the car and began attacking the victim, police said. The victim refused medical attention at the scene, police said.
Tensions are high across New York City over the Israel-Hamas war. During peaceful protests in the city, Israeli and Palestinian supporters have engaged in several heated standoffs.
At least 25 Americans are among those who were killed in the conflict, according to U.S. officials.
New York City is home to the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, with about 2 million Jewish people living in the city and surrounding areas.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).