CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) — Police are looking for a suspect in another violent anti-Semitic attack in New York, this time in Central Park.

The incident happened on Wednesday around 19.30

Police say a 63-year-old man was walking in Central Park, near the intersection of Terrace Drive and East Drive, when the man struck the victim from behind, causing her to fall to the ground.

As a result of the fall, the victim broke a tooth and broke her arm.

Authorities said the suspect made anti-Semitic remarks and Kanye West references before attacking the victim and fleeing westbound on 72nd Street on a bicycle and a bicycle trailer that appeared to be carrying various items, including a sign that read “Hungry invalid”.

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The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Experts say the fact that the attacker mentioned rapper Kanye West is just further evidence of the hate-filled echo chamber on social media, fueled by West’s recent avalanche of anti-Semitic tropes.

“Cases like celebrities and sports figures making statements are something that is done by someone with a large following, and when that happens, people copy it,” said Scott Richman of the Anti-Defamation League. “People are starting to think it’s normal.”

Just a few weeks ago, New York Jewish organizations thwarted a plot to attack the synagogue.

With Hanukkah starting in just a few days, New York Jews are on edge.

Upper East Side Rabbi Yosef Wilhelm says congregants, especially young ones, are more afraid than ever to walk through the park. He helped organize self-defense classes, but at the same time taught strength and pride.

“First of all, protect yourself, yes, but be firm. Don’t hide, don’t hide,” Wilhelm said. “They attack us because we are ambassadors of holiness and God in this world, and our job is to fight even harder, bringing more light into the world, more good into the world, more holiness, and being better ambassadors for good and God in this world.’

Police describe the suspect as approximately 40 years old, of medium build, and was last seen wearing a brown jacket, beige pants, white sneakers and a multicolored beanie.

They were able to track the suspect’s movements all the way to Washington Square Park in the Village, but have not yet been able to identify him.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.


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