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Orthodox Jewish men hit by objects thrown from car in 3rd possible antisemitic incident in UWS over 1 weekend

An American-Israeli cafe was swept up in antisemitism in the same area in the same weekend.
An American-Israeli cafe was swept up in antisemitism in the same area in the same weekend.

Two Orthodox Jewish men were pelted with unknown objects while walking on the Upper West Side on Sunday, cops and a city councilman say — the third possible antisemitic incident in the neighborhood over the weekend.

The two Jewish men, ages 65 and 19, were wearing “traditional garb including a headscarf and hat” while waiting to cross the north crosswalk at West 100th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan when a passing car tossed the objects at them a little after 9 p.m., according to police.

The men told cops that the objects caused temporary pain but did not leave any marks.

Vandalism to an American-Israeli cafe in the same area over the weekend is being investigated as a hate crime. Mei Untalan
Vandalism to an American-Israeli cafe in the same area over the weekend is being investigated as a hate crime. Mei Untalan

No objects were recovered from the scene, police said.

The men refused medical attention, police said.

The incident marks at least the third possible instance of antisemitism on the Upper West Side over the weekend.

On Saturday, the outside of the popular American-Israeli restaurant Effy’s Cafe at 96th Street and Columbus Avenue was covered in spray-painted messages that read “Free Gaza” and “Form a line here to support genocide.”

Police told The Post that the incident is under investigation by the department’s Hate Crime Task Force.

It took about seven people to clean up the cafe’s graffiti, its manager told The Post. Melanie Notkin for the NYPost
It took about seven people to clean up the cafe’s graffiti, its manager told The Post. Melanie Notkin for the NYPost

About a mile away the same night, another disturbing case of vandalism was discovered at West 105th Street and Riverside Drive off Riverside Park.

Photos show large concrete blocks used to control traffic near the park covered with messages in red and black spray-paint that included, “Israel bombs kids,” “Israel is ethnic cleansing,” “F–k Israel” and “Israelism is terrorism.”

City Councilman Shaun Abreu advised Upper West Side residents to watch out for their neighbors in a post on X.