A Jewish man heading to a pro-Israel rally says he thought he was going to die after a gang of pro-Palestinian demonstrators assaulted him in Midtown Manhattan, punching him to the pavement after which pummeling him whereas he was down whereas yelling anti-Semitic epithets.
Joseph Borgen, 29, an accountant who lives on the Upper East Side, was sporting a gray kippa and strolling towards Times Square round 6:30pm Thursday when a younger man with a black bandana began chasing him.
‘I rotated to attempt to work out what was occurring and the subsequent factor I knew I was surrounded by a complete crowd of individuals who proceeded to bodily assault me, beat me, kick me, punch me, hit me with crutches, hit me with flag poles,’ he informed DailyMail.com Friday afternoon from his residence after being launched from Bellevue Hospital.
Joseph Borgen, 29, spoke to DailyMail.com in the future 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 sporting a kippa as he headed to a pro-Israel rally when he was abruptly focused by the group who kicked, punched, and beat him with crutches and flag poles on the road. Pictured: Borgen’s bruised and battered face
On Friday, the NYPD recognized 23-year-old Waseem Awawdah as one of the suspects in the assault
‘I do not even need to look in the mirror,’ mentioned Borgen, his face and physique bruised, and head throbbing from a attainable concussion.
Video of the assault confirmed Borgen was left defenseless on the ground as he was battered by the offended mob exterior of 1604 Broadway.
‘After I wound up on the ground, I was actually simply in a fetal place, making an attempt to guard my head and face, actually simply making an attempt to make it out of their alive,’ Borgen mentioned.
‘I assumed I was going to die. I assumed I was actually going to die.’
Borgen mentioned there have been eight to 10 folks participating in the beatdown they usually have been shouting anti-Semitic slurs comparable to: ‘You filthy Jew. We’re going to f*****g kill you. Go again to Israel. Hamas goes to kill you.’
He mentioned essentially the most painful half occurred towards the top, after they pepper sprayed him.
‘I assumed I was getting urinated on as a result of I felt a stream on my face. ‘They maced me or pepper sprayed me for like a minute straight.
Video of the assault confirmed Borgen was left defenseless as he was kicked, punched, and crushed with crutches and flag poles by a mob of eight to 10 folks
Borgen recalled mendacity on the ground in a fetal place, ‘making an attempt to guard my head and face, actually simply making an attempt to make it out of their alive’
Awawdah, of Brooklyn, is charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and legal possession of a weapon
‘My complete face was on hearth. I could not see. In the hospital, they actually had to drain out my eyes. My pores and skin’s nonetheless on hearth in sure locations,’ he added.
The NYPD on Friday introduced one of the alleged suspects has been taken into custody, and up to six others are being sought.
The suspect was recognized as 23-year-old Waseem Awawdeh, of Brooklyn, who was arrested final evening.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photographs present Awawdeh sporting a black t-shirt with ‘Palestine’ emblazoned on the entrance, as he was led out of the fifth Precinct in handcuffs on Friday.
Awawdeh is charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and legal possession of a weapon.
He’s being held at Central Booking downtown.
Borgen mentioned the ruthless beatdown lastly got here to an finish when law enforcement officials confirmed up and dispersed the group.
‘It might have been worse. If you’ve got seen the video, particularly, it might have been a lot worse,’ he added.
Borgen, pictured in the hospital, mentioned essentially the most painful half occurred towards the top of the beatdown, when he was pepper sprayed
Borgen, an accountant, recalled listening to his attackers name him a ‘filthy Jew’ and say ‘Hamas goes to kill you’ as they pummeled him
He mentioned he was anticipating or not it’s a peaceable demonstration as he headed to midtown, the place buddies have been gathering for a rally to assist Israel in its battle with Hamas.
Violent clashes have erupted between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in town during the last week as tensions in the Middle East flared.
On Thursday, two fireworks have been thrown into a crowd close to Times Square, leaving a 55-year-old lady injured simply hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza militants.
‘I was going there to present my assist, present my delight in Israel, allow them to know we’ve their again despite the fact that we’re 6,000 miles away,’ Borgen mentioned.
He mentioned there have been no actual issues final week when he joined a comparable demonstration.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photographs present Awawdeh sporting a black t-shirt with ‘Palestine’ emblazoned on the entrance, as he was led out of the fifth Precinct in handcuffs on Friday
Wassem Awawdah is walked out of the fifth Precinct and into Central Booking for the assault on a Jewish Man throughout a Palestinian/Israeli Protest on forty seventh Street in Manhattan
He believes the mere truth he was sporting a kippa triggered a mob to assault him.
Besides the precise culprits, he blamed ‘sure politicians’ for creating an environment that encourages such assaults, citing US Rep. Ilham Omar’s tweet accusing Israel of committing an ‘act of terrorism’ for instance.
‘They really feel like they will get away with extra as a result of they’ve politicians backing them up,’ Borgen mentioned.
‘Some of the issues I see in the information and on social media, it is simply sickening to me’
‘I might by no means suppose I’d ever have to fear about my faith or my pores and skin colour or my ethnicity being a downside in New York metropolis,’ he continued.
‘Beyond simply the Jewish perspective, the quantity of hate that is occurring today is actually simply thoughts blowing to me.
‘I’ve a coworker who’s of Asian descent who’s afraid to journey the subway at evening. It’s simply sickening.’
The Anti-Defamation League this week reported nearly 200 assaults on American Jews in the seven days from May 10 – the date that Hamas first fired rockets at Israel.
That quantity represents an nearly 40 p.c enhance on the 131 anti-Semitic incidents that have been clocked in the US the week earlier than.
‘As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we’re witnessing a harmful and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate proper right here at dwelling,’ ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt mentioned Thursday.