Joel Weinberger, 26, was walking home from a Yeshiva on Harrison Ave. in Brooklyn Thursday when he was approached from behind, punched, and knocked to the ground, police said. His cell phone was also stolen.
Family spokesman and community activist Isaac Abraham said that Weinberger was dressed in Hasidic clothing at the time, and was attacked for his religion. Abraham said Weinberger's “religious articles—his hat, his jacket, his fringes—were ripped apart.”
He also said that Weinberger was hospitalized with a broken leg, and swollen eyes.