Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
A new ‘game’ circulating on social media inspired a group of teenagers to assault a Jewish girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and resulted in a display of hatred toward Jews upon the suspect’s arrest, local blog CrownHeights.info reported on Wednesday.
The ‘game’ is called ‘What the hell are they?’ The objective is to hit someone on their feet or legs if he or she is wearing nicer shoes than you, shout “what the hell are they” and then run away.
The victim, a 13-year-old student of local Chabad girls school Beis Rivkah, was approached by two girls and a boy as she walked down Lefferts Avenue. One of the girls shoved and kicked her, then shouted the game’s mantra.
An eyewitness to the assault called the neighborhood patrol Shomrim. Others chased the assailant down Brooklyn Avenue and eventually into the Public Library on New York Avenue and Maple Street, where the teenager remained in an attempt to hide from police.
Police arrived at the scene and arrested the 12-year-old assailant after Shomrim apprehended her and brought the witness, another young Jewish girl, to the library so she could identify the perpetrator. The victim said she didn’t understand what her attacker had yelled until police explained the ‘game’ to her and she confirmed that it was in fact what the suspect screamed, according to the report.
The young assailant admitted to attacking the Jewish girl. After apologies from the assailant and her parents, and also warnings to her from her parents and the police, she was released to her parents’ custody without charge.
According to CrownHeights.info, the scene at the Public Library escalated into an ugly display of anti-Semitism as Shomrim held the assailant and waited for police to arrive. “Adults shouted anti-Semitic slurs and called for violence against the Jews, simply for being Jewish and standing up for their rights,” the blog said.
The reporter for the blog said it was “one of the ugliest displays of hate and anti-Semitism” that he had ever witnessed.
“This is why I hate all them Jews; I would kill them all; I hate them all from 2 years old to 80 years old,” shouted a man who appeared to be in his 40s. A woman, who appeared to be in her 60s, said to the victim, “Next time someone hits you, you beat them back up; you don’t call the police.”
Source:: The Algemeiner