1280px-Upper_East_Side_NYC(JNS.org) A Jewish couple was attacked Monday in an apparent anti-Semitic incident on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

According to the New York Post, two cars and a motorcycle pulled up to the Jewish couple on East 63rd Street near Third Avenue around 8 p.m. and began shouting anti-Jewish statements. The attackers then threw a water bottle at the wife and punched the 27-year-old husband in the face when he moved to defend her, a police source said.

Police sources said that the assailants then took off from the scene in their vehicles, some of which bore Palestinian flags.

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating the incident since it believes the victim was targeted because he was wearing a yarmulke.

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