NEW YORK CITY, NY – Sadly, there seems to be an increase in anti-Semitism throughout the country as of late.
One such instance occurred in New York City on November 10th when a man threatened to burn down a bagel shop because they chose to fly Israeli flags.
WANTED for AN Agg Harassment inside of a bagel store located at 188-02 Union Turnpike.#Queens @NYPD107pct on 11/10/[email protected]:40PM Suspect employee and stated"Remove those Israeli flags and shut the business down or I'll burn the building down."Reward up to$3500 Call 1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/C5woMJKyhM
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 16, 2021
The incident started when an unknown man approached an employee and customers who were in the bagel shop, Bagels & Co. on Union Turnpike in Queens. The suspect then began filming his interaction with those at the private business and then made a threat:
“Remove those Israeli flags and shut the business down, or I’ll burn the building down.”
The incident was captured on video surveillance from the business which was turned over to the New York Police Department when they responded to investigate.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit has been assigned the case and they are conducting a risk assessment to determine if further security is warranted.
Sadly, this is not the only recently reported incident in which those of Jewish faith have allegedly dealt with prejudice. There have been several reports of those with Jewish faith being attacked in some manner while in the city.
On November 11th, the New York Police Department reported that a man was in front of 711 Empire in Brooklyn when he was approached by a group of men on the sidewalk. The men all started making anti-Jewish remarks and one of them struck the victim in the head with their hand. The suspects then left the scene.
On 11/11/21, at approx. 8:10 PM, front of 711 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn, a male, 25, was approached by a group of individuals that made anti-Jewish remarks and one struck the victim in the head with their hand. No injuries were reported. Info? DM us or @NYPDTips or ☎️ 1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/uowmBTf7P9
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) November 15, 2021
Another incident was reported on October 20th in which two men attacked another while making “anti-gay and anti-Jewish slurs to a teenager.
The New York Police Department reported that one of the men then produced a knife and threatened the victim. After the incident, both fled in a red van and neither one has been identified.
On 10/20/21 at approx. 3:30 PM, at a gas station at 6201 Ave U @NYPD63Pct, a male made anti-gay and anti-Jewish slurs to a male, 17. A 2nd male displayed a knife while making threats. Both fled in a burgundy Ford van. Info? ☎️1-800-577-TIPS@NYPDDetectives @NYPDBklynSouth pic.twitter.com/uWVa8zLdka
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) October 27, 2021
On October 11th, the unidentified victim, 23 years old, was walking down Albany Avenue in the Crown Heights in traditional Jewish attire around 10:30 pm when three men stopped their dark-colored Hyundai Sonata next to him.
The victim attempted to cross the street and that is when he felt pain in his head, causing him to fall to the ground.
The vehicle then left the scene without so much as uttering a word to the man.
While this case cannot be definitively noted as a hate crime against a Jewish person, police have found no other possible motive for the attack and have assigned it to the New York Police Department Hate Crimes Unit for investigation.
Police believe that the unknown projectile the man was shot with was possibly a bb or something similar. While a shot from a bb gun may not sound that bad to some, there are bb guns out there that are very high-powered.
The projectile that was fired from this gun was a high-powered one as the strike caused him to fall. Additionally, the victim had what appeared to be a laceration of some sort on the left side of his head.
Medical personnel arrived on the scene and transported the victim to the New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. The wounds that the victim sustained were not described as life-threatening.
Probably the most disturbing of recent reports of anti-Jewish activity in New York City happened on October 14th when a woman stood in front of the Yeshiva (private undergraduate Jewish school) and poured gasoline on the ground. The suspect then lit the area on fire but thankfully no one was injured and there was no significant damage done.
UPDATE: HCTF Detectives, assisted by Manhattan/Queens Warrants, apprehended this individual.
39 year old female
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) October 17, 2021
In this case, the New York Police Department was able to identify the woman as Sharee Jones. Jones was located and charged with reckless endangerment/hate crime and attempted arson.
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According to Fox News, an Egyptian man who stands accused of stabbing a Jewish rabbi outside a day school in Boston was in the U.S. illegally, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Authorities say that Khaled Awad had overstayed his student visa and lost his legal status on May 14. Last week, Awad approached the rabbi, Shlomo Noginski with a gun and demanded his car keys.
When the rabbi fled to a park across the street, Awad pursued him and stabbed him in the arm multiple times, police say.
ICE said that Awad had entered the country two years ago on a student visa, but it had recently lapsed.
“Khaled Awad, 24, a citizen of Egypt entered the United States on a student visa in August 2019,” an ICE spokesman told Fox News.
“However, he failed to stay enrolled as required by law, resulting in a loss of legal status in the U.S. on May 14, 2021.”
Noginski had moved to Boston from Israel in order to work with the city’s Russian speaking Jewish community. A father of 12, he was released from a local hospital late last week after being treated for his wounds.
“Rabbi Shlomo Noginski is in stable condition and looking forward [to] getting better and resuming his Torah classes,” Rabbi Dan Rodkin, executive director of Shaloh House wrote in a Facebook post.
When Awad was confronted by police after the attack, he pointed what appeared to be a firearm at responding officers. After police drew their firearms and commanded him to drop the gun, he did so. As he was being taken into custody, he assaulted one of the arresting officers, kicking him in the stomach. The officer was not seriously injured.
During a preliminary court appearance, Awad pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.
Fox said that far-left Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said her office has begun an investigation into the incident but has not as of yet declared it a hate crime, which it certainly would appear to be.
“It’s important that we recognize with respect to the Jewish community that not only globally, but locally, they are being terrorized and hate crime is on the rise,” Rollins declared at a vigil in the city, according to WBUR.
CBS Boston reported that according to one of Awad’s former friends at the University of South Florida, Awad was “violent” and “anti-Semitic.”
“He started becoming violent,” Eric Valiente told the outlet. “He was very much anti-Semitic. He would say like all types of Jewish jokes. I thought he was joking at first and then I started to see seriousness in his comments.”
A former roommate of Awad’s, Aidan Anderson, a Jew told CBS Boston that he was forced to move out and obtain a restraining order against Awad last year when Awad attacked him in a shared kitchen.
In order to charge Awad with a hate crime based on bias, prosecutors will need to show that Awad’s actions were “bias-motivated beyond the violent and seemingly targeted nature of the attack,” a spokesman for the DA’s office said.
“Our prosecutors are working closely with the Boston Police Department’s Civil Rights Division and other law enforcement partners regarding this troubling and on-going investigation,” the spokesman told Fox News.
“The DA is being updated in real time and will notify the community if additional charges are to be filed.”
In court, it was revealed that Awad had been arrested in Florida on charges of battery and theft and was remanded to a mental health facility for a period of time. He had no record in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Awad is being held without bail pending a hearing on July 8 to determine if he is a danger to the public.
Fox News also noted that ICE has filed an immigration detainer with the Boston Police Department requesting custody of the illegal alien once his court proceedings are complete.
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