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No Hate Crime Charges For Cabbie Who Beat Up Hasidic Man & Shouted “Kill Jews”

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Borough Park is in a state of fear and shock after a Chasidic man was brutally attacked while trying to cross the street, on his way to shul. The incident occurred at the intersection of 13th Ave. and 46th Street in Borough Park at around 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, October 14th.  Surveillance video shows a car service driver abruptly halting his black sedan, and emerging to hit the victim violently in the head multiple times. “He was screaming at him that he hates the Jews and he would like to kill all the Jews,’” said a local shopkeeper, who witnessed the attack. The victim attempted to flee, running into the 46th Street intersection, but the assailant continued to beat and punch him in the head repeatedly, and threw him onto the pavement to continue his assault. A second Chasidic man, who was passing by, tried to intervene but was chased away.

Police Arrested   Farrukh Afzal, 37, of Staten Island was charged him  with assault, criminal mischief and harassment for the attack, which took place at around 7:30AM near 46th Street and 13th Avenue.

He was initially hit with hate charges as well, but prosecutors have decided to label this a mere “road rage” incident and NOT a hate crime. This despite the victim and witnesses saying Afzal shouted “Allah, Allah”, said he wanted to “kill all Jews” and made references to Israel throughout the attack, according to Yeshiva  World News.

As reported by VIN News, the assailant was finally tackled by passersby and held by Shomrim, until police arrived at the scene. Assemblyman Dov Hikind called the attack “an absolute horror.” “You watch that video, there are no words to describe what you see in that video,” he said.

The victim was identified as 62-year-old Lipa Schwartz. “In that instant I saw death for my eyes,” he told the website Boro Park 24. “I saw two choices, either I fight back and wrestle myself out of this attack.” Schwartz was treated by Maimonides Medical Center for his injuries, and has been released. “if he had a knife I would be dead by now”, said Schwartz. “I’m out of the hospital with some minor bruises, but the trauma of being attacked by someone who seemed to want revenge will stay with me forever,” Schwartz said.

On Sunday night, Afzal’s bail was set at $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash, by a judge in Brooklyn Criminal Court.  The criminal complaint filed with the court does not yet state that Afzal was charged under New York’s hate crimes law.  The attacker is a driver with Church Avenue Car Service.  A manager at the car service company said that the company was cooperating with the police, and had no further information at this time.

Community Board 12 chairman, Yidel Perlstein, said that the NYPD will investigate the case thoroughly. Similarly, Senator Simcha Felder expressed his outrage. “It is unbelievable that someone walking in the early morning should have to worry about almost being beaten to death,” said Felder.  “I am asking the police department and calling on District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to investigate this matter very seriously.”

 

 

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. [email protected]

    10/16/2018 at 1:20 pm

    It is a hate crime

    • Hannah

      10/16/2018 at 10:54 pm

      Complain to the Brooklyn DA. I did!

    • Mina

      10/17/2018 at 11:01 am

      It’s a hate crime

  2. Hannah

    10/16/2018 at 10:54 pm

    Complain to the Brooklyn DA. I did!

  3. Greta

    10/17/2018 at 7:33 am

    If the victim was a Muslim, it would be a hate crime and every channel would have it on.
    The perpetrator is an Islamist motivated by hatred for Jews and Israel. Wake up, Jews.
    Stop emboldening and voting for the people who aren’t protecting your rights and you!
    It can’t be hate speech if you criticize Muslims and free speech if you criticize Jews and Christians. The double standard will only go away when secular Jews stand in unision with all Jews and walk away from their party who has long walked away from them.
    I don’t see KKK White Supremacist Nazis on Berkeley college campus screaming Allah Akbar and yet, ADL pushes that right wing extremist propaganda narrative. It’s Jews who are the victims – but how would anyone know if there’s this cover up of the hate crime statistics? If this was KKK – we would not only be hearing about this 24/7 on tv, Bill Maher, every talk show day and night, but Diblasio would make sure it was a hate crime then! Jews, your Democrat party is anti-you and anti-Israel! This Chasidic man is no different than YOU!!!! Stick up for him and speak out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. R. Steinberg

    10/17/2018 at 6:37 pm

    Road rage? Nonsense. Schwartz was walking on the sidewalk. He was attacked without provocation by this hate-filled Muslim. The surveillance videos make this abundantly clear. But in a way, Schwartz was indeed being provocative – his attire identified him as a Jew, which, to this fervent, orthodox Muslim, Afzal, made him a legitimate target for Afzal’s rage and aggression.

  5. shloime

    10/18/2018 at 4:35 pm

    there is a need for the jdl.

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