Jewish Man Attacked After Nets-Maccabi Tel Aviv Game


A Pro-Palestinian protestor attacked a the head of a Jewish organization outside the Barclays Center Tuesday night, breaking his nose, according to a news release from the organization.

Leonard Petlakh, head of the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, said he was leaving a basketball game between the Nets and the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv when a pro-Palestinian protestor hit him in the face as others shouted shouted “Free Palestine” and “Your people are murderers.”

Petlakh was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured nose and cuts under his eye that required eight stiches, according to the release.

The release said that the incident was caught on camera and is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit.

The NYPD and Jewish Voice for Peace, which organized the protest, have not yet replied to requests for comment and confirmation. Petlakh was not available for immediate comment.