Two Orthodox Jews beaten in North Miami Beach FloridaBy Mason White 5:45 PM March 28, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) While Jews around the world have been celebrating the Passover holiday with joyous events some Jews in Florida are extremely sad after several community members were beaten, according to local television news reports.
“Several thugs came and began hitting and kicking me, so I immediately grabbed my hands and covered my face up,” one Jewish victim told the local television news station.
The victim was too afraid to show his face on camera, He said that while he was walking home from synagogue on Friday night, he was severely beaten by five criminals during a robbery attempt.
The man said he was on the ground and covered his face while five men repeatedly kicked and punched him. “They said, ‘Give us your money.’ I said, ‘I do not have any money.’ They said, ‘Give us your phone.’ I said, ‘I have no phone, I have nothing,’” the victim recalled.
The victim in this case was an Orthodox Jew, and he is not alone in his concern for his safety. Two weeks before the attack, an Orthodox Jewish grandfather was assaulted at gunpoint in front of his 1-year-old grandson.
“He put the gun to my head and to the side of my face, as he walked behind me, and ordered me to get on the floor,” the second victim said.
“The entire Jewish community of North Miami Beach is extremely stressed after these two attacks,” a community activist told YourJewishNews.com.
All this has led to an increased police presence in the area. Especially on the eve of Passover, which began at sundown on Monday.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view