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'I would do it again': Pro-Palestinian suspect accused of pummeling NYC Kippa-wearing Jewish man shows no remorse as police issue photos of his four accomplices

 A New Yorker who was part of a gang of four pro-Palestinian men that used his crutch to pummel a Kippa-wearing Jewish man on his way to a pro-Israel rally on Thursday has shown no remorse for the brutal beatdown, prosecutors said.

Waseem Awawdeh, 23, was arrested for kicking, macing, and pummeling 29-year-old Joseph Borgen during the attack and was arraigned before Judge Kathryn Paek in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday.

Prosecutors said during the arraignment that Awawdeh confessed to battering the man to one of his jailers, the New York Post reported.


'If I could do it again, I would do it again. I have no problem doing it again,' he allegedly said. 

On Friday, the NYPD identified 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the attack

On Friday, the NYPD identified 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the attack

Awawdah, of Brooklyn, is charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon

Awawdah, of Brooklyn, is charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Awawdeh wearing a black t-shirt with 'Palestine' emblazoned on the front, as he was led out of the 5th Precinct in handcuffs on Friday
Waseem Awawdah

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Awawdeh wearing a black t-shirt with 'Palestine' emblazoned on the front, as he was led out of the 5th Precinct in handcuffs on Friday

Wassem Awawdah is walked out of the 5th Precinct and into Central Booking for the attack on a Jewish Man during a Palestinian/Israeli Protest on 47th Street in Manhattan

Wassem Awawdah is walked out of the 5th Precinct and into Central Booking for the attack on a Jewish Man during a Palestinian/Israeli Protest on 47th Street in Manhattan 

Pro-Palestinian attacker walks out of 5th Precinct and into bookings
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Awawdeh, who did not enter a plea, was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bail and was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.

His attorney said Awawdeh is enrolled in college and is not a flight risk, the New York Post reported.

Awawdeh's friends told the outlet that he was attacked first and that  'they picked somebody that was weak, that was on crutches.'

The NYPD announced on Friday that Awawdeh had been arrested and and up to six others are being sought in connection to the violence.

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Awawdeh wearing a black t-shirt with 'Palestine' emblazoned on the front, as he was led out of the 5th Precinct in handcuffs on Friday.

The alleged confession comes after the NYPD on Saturday issued photos of the four other men they claim pummeled Borgen while yelling anti-Semitic epithets.  

One of the men, wearing a black and red striped shirt, appears to be the same suspect tied to another attack in New York City on Thursday, the images reveal.

Cops said that he threw an explosive device from the back of a pickup truck which detonated and burned a 55-year-old woman near 37 West 47 Street around 6pm on Thursday - just minutes before the attack on the Jewish man.

That suspect appears to be wearing the same outfit in the new photos from the NYPD released of the attack on Borgen.

Borgen, an accountant who lives on the Upper East Side, was wearing a grey kippa and walking toward Times Square around 6:30pm Thursday when he alleged that a young man with a black bandana started chasing him.

'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,' he told DailyMail.com Friday afternoon from his apartment after being released from Bellevue Hospital.

Police released pictures of four suspects who allegedly beat a Jewish man in New York City. The third and fourth images from left appear to be the same person

Police released pictures of four suspects who allegedly beat a Jewish man in New York City. The third and fourth images from left appear to be the same person

One of the men, wearing a black and red striped shirt, appears to be the same suspect tied to another attack in New York City on Thursday

One of the men, wearing a black and red striped shirt, appears to be the same suspect tied to another attack in New York City on Thursday

Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com one day after he was left bruised and battered by a group of pro-Palestinian men in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday

Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com one day after he was left bruised and battered by a group of pro-Palestinian men in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday 

The Jewish man, who lives in the Upper East Side, had been wearing a kippa as he headed to a pro-Israel rally when he was suddenly targeted by the group who kicked, punched, and beat him with crutches and flag poles on the street
Borgen's bruised and battered face

The Jewish man, who lives in the Upper East Side, had been wearing a kippa as he headed to a pro-Israel rally when he was suddenly targeted by the group who kicked, punched, and beat him with crutches and flag poles on the street. Pictured: Borgen's bruised and battered face 

'I don't even want to look in the mirror,' said Borgen, his face and body bruised, and head throbbing from a possible concussion.

Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless on the ground as he was battered by the angry mob outside of 1604 Broadway. 

'After I wound up on the ground, I was literally just in a fetal position, trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive,' Borgen said. 

'I thought I was going to die. I thought I was really going to die.'

Borgen said there were eight to 10 people taking part in the beatdown and they were shouting anti-Semitic slurs such as: 'You filthy Jew. We're going to f*****g kill you. Go back to Israel. Hamas is going to kill you.'

He said the most painful part occurred toward the end, when they pepper sprayed him.

'I thought I was getting urinated on because I felt a stream on my face. 'They maced me or pepper sprayed me for like a minute straight.


Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and beaten with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 people

 Video of the assault showed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and beaten with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 people

Borgen recalled lying on the ground in a fetal position, 'trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive'

Borgen recalled lying on the ground in a fetal position, 'trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of their alive'

'My whole face was on fire. I couldn't see. In the hospital, they literally had to drain out my eyes. My skin's still on fire in certain places,' he added. 

Borgen said the ruthless beatdown finally came to an end when police officers showed up and dispersed the crowd. 

'It could have been worse. If you've seen the video, especially, it could have been much worse,' he added. 

He said he was expecting it be a peaceful demonstration as he headed to midtown, where friends were gathering for a rally to support Israel in its conflict with Hamas.


Borgen, pictured in the hospital, said the most painful part occurred toward the end of the beatdown, when he was pepper sprayed

Borgen, pictured in the hospital, said the most painful part occurred toward the end of the beatdown, when he was pepper sprayed

Borgen, an accountant, recalled hearing his attackers call him a 'filthy Jew' and say 'Hamas is going to kill you' as they pummeled him

Borgen, an accountant, recalled hearing his attackers call him a 'filthy Jew' and say 'Hamas is going to kill you' as they pummeled him

Violent clashes have erupted between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the city over the last week as tensions in the Middle East flared. 

'I was going there to show my support, show my pride in Israel, let them know we have their back even though we're 6,000 miles away,' Borgen said.

He said there were no real problems last week when he joined a similar demonstration. 

He believes the mere fact he was wearing a kippa triggered a mob to attack him.


Besides the actual culprits, he blamed 'certain politicians' for creating an atmosphere that encourages such attacks, citing US Rep. Ilham Omar's tweet accusing Israel of committing an 'act of terrorism' as an example.

'They feel like they can get away with more because they have politicians backing them up,' Borgen said. 

'Some of the things I see in the news and on social media, it's just sickening to me'

'I would never think I'd ever have to worry about my religion or my skin color or my ethnicity being a problem in New York city,' he continued. 

'Beyond just the Jewish perspective, the amount of hate that's going on these days is really just mind blowing to me. 

'I have a coworker who is of Asian descent who is afraid to ride the subway at night. It's just sickening.'

The Anti-Defamation League this week reported almost 200 attacks on American Jews in the seven days from May 10 - the date that Hamas first fired rockets at Israel. 

That number represents an almost 40 percent increase on the 131 anti-Semitic incidents that were clocked in the US the week before. 

'As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home,' ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Thursday.  

8 comments:

  1. This is CRIME Minister widdle WHINY BABY NITWITYAHU MURDERING to stay out of PRISON! SICKENING! BOTH parties are CORRUPT, EPSTEIN GUILTY and serve our 911 MURDERING / Epstein RAPING BLACKMAILING / ISIS TERRORIST / Beruit NUKING / USS LIBERTY MURDERING PARASITE SATANIC SCUMBAG MONSTERS IN TEL AVIV. Get it? https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/clinton-epstein-trump-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80

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  2. The US Democratic Party’s big mistake – support for Israel https://www.redressonline.com/2021/05/the-us-democratic-partys-big-mistake-support-for-israel/

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  3. Look at all the publicity and sympathy one Jew gets, compared to what Palestinians have been suffering from for decades. I don't say this as a seal of approval for what happened to Borgen, but just to point out the media hypocrisy.

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  4. Bringing the hate and violence to you....courtesy of religious beliefs.

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  5. Media should have went with story "Lone unarmed man gets assaulted and severely beaten by gang of thugs." But then, it's turned into a propaganda hit job by "colorizing" the participant's identity.

    It's New York. If Bloods gangbangers beat up a Crip, it's a crime. If Russian gangsters pummel a Polish mobster, in NYC, that's still illegal . If a bunch of Palestinian hooligans stomp down a self-identified member of the Zionist crime tribe, under America's laws that is equally as criminal. But if you show up to a demonstration wearing a beanie cap in proud support of an internationally land-thieving, religiously exclusive, militarily murderous, apartheid-whorshipping, neo-Hebrew, counterfeiting crime family and expect not to get the anamositous attention of your crime family's victims, then you're selectively very stupid.

    DanD

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    1. No it should say man rallying for extermination of Palestinians gets what he deserved

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  6. And one of the darlings loved by the LEFT is wearing a terrorist scarf aka HAMAS. Biden, Harris and all Democratic mayors and governors are proving to be NOT racist, but great humanitarians and leaders for the end of the US and supporters of: pro communism, terrorism, Marxism, and also very much supporters of antisemitism. This is becoming such a great country now that Trump is gone.

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