Waseem Awawdeh was charged with a hate crime in New York City for brutally beating a Jewish man with a crutch and then was unbelievably released. He proclaimed he would “do it again,” according to prosecutors.
The attacker, who is 23-years-old, was held on $10,000 bail for assaulting Joseph Borgen, 29, an accountant from the Upper East Side, last week in Midtown Manhattan during a protest. He allegedly punched, kicked, and pepper-sprayed the victim. It is not the only attack on Jews that occurred in New York City over the last week.
“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he reportedly told one of his jailers. “I have no problem doing it again.” He showed absolutely no remorse, threatened the victim once again, and yet, they let him go.
Prosecutors say that the vicious attack was unprovoked. They informed Judge Kathryn Paek that Borgen was simply walking near Broadway and West 49th Street when the accused “jumped him and attacked him.”
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Awawdeh was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
According to the Manhattan assistant district attorney, the attack was definitely a hate crime, as the suspect called Borgen a “dirty Jew” and stated, “F**k Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you.”
AND HE IS BACK OUT ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK READY TO ATTACK MORE JEWS!!!
IT IS OPEN SEASON ON JEWS IN NEW YORK!
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) May 23, 2021
The attacker is enrolled in college and is somehow not a flight risk claims his attorney, April White-Small of New York County Defenders. He did not enter a plea.
His friends blame the victim and are alleging that Awawdeh was attacked first: “They picked somebody that was weak, that was on crutches,” one asserted to the New York Post.
Awawdeh could be seen celebrating after being released from jail.
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In case you haven’t seen this outrageous video of Waseem Awawdeh- the punk that beat a Jewish man unconscious on a NYC street, here it is.
Celebrating after posting bail.
— Yaakov (Jack) Kaplan (@JackKaplanNY) May 23, 2021
The NYPD is searching for at least four other men in connection with the attack on Borgen.
⚠️Thursday May 20th, approx. 6:44 PM, at 1604 Broadway, a male, 29, wearing a yarmulke, was assaulted by a group of males who, knocked him down, punched, kicked and pepper sprayed him and hit him with crutches, while making anti-Semitic statements. Know them? ☎️1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/NDgmJ79MHt
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) May 22, 2021
“I turned around to try to figure out what was going on and the next thing I knew I was surrounded by a whole crowd of people who proceeded to physically attack me, beat me, kick me, punch me, hit me with crutches, hit me with flag poles,” Borgen recounted to the New York Post after he was released from the hospital.
“I felt a liquid being poured on my face, and at first I thought I was getting urinated on,” Borgen recalled. “But it turned out I was getting maced and pepper-sprayed. My face was on fire. That pain was worse than the concussion and all this other stuff that followed.”
“I have a concussion,” he noted. “I had an X-ray on my wrist. It’s not broken, but it’s messed up. Every time I move it, it’s in pain, probably sprained. I have bruises all over my body. I have a black eye. My face is banged up. I’m just sore all over my body. They were kicking me in my ribs, my stomach.”
Borgen thought they were going to kill him. He’s now rethinking wearing his yarmulke in public because he fears another attack.
Model Bella Hadid is also being condemned for posting a picture on her Instagram account that featured Awawdeh brandishing the crutches he used to beat Borgen with. He posed on top of a vehicle filled with flag-bearing protesters.
Horrific – @bellahadid caught protesting with Waseem Awawdeh, the same man that was arrested for brutally assaulting an innocent Orthodox Jewish man in NYC last night! @MichaelKors @Dior @Versace @Bulgariofficial – we demand you cut all ties with this antisemite! pic.twitter.com/3k0LMmaned
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) May 21, 2021
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