The Jewish community in Boca Raton, FL, is on edge as police say they are investigating a possible hate crime: a 19-year-old Lubavitcher bochur was randomly attacked by an assailant who shouted that Jews belong in concentration camps and that “Hitler was right.”
The victim says on Saturday a male on a bicycle passed him and shouted, “Jews should go back to Auschwitz.. Hitler was right.” The victim responded with, “Why don’t you come back here and say that!”
The suspect rode over to the victim, repeated his statement and shoved the victim. As the victim fell, he twisted around so he landed face down and his forehead hit the ground. The victim got up and exchanged punches with the suspect, before the suspect rode off on his bicycle.
“I’m doing better. It was just a little bit nerve-wracking having someone scream at me these things,” the victim told NewsChannel 5.
The victim is studying to be a Rabbi at the Chabad Center near Mizner Park.
“We are in disbelief. Shock. Could this really happen in Boca Raton,” Rabbi Ruvi New said.