(NewsReady.com) – On May 20, Joseph Borgen, 29, was attacked by a group of men while he was walking in New York City. The men called him a “dirty Jew” and beat him. He was kicked, punched, beaten with crutches, and pepper-sprayed during the ordeal. Police took one man in custody for the crime over the weekend, and now they’ve arrested another person who they believe was involved.
Four days after the attack, the NYPD arrested Faisal Elezzi, 25, for the attack on Borgen. He was charged with menacing as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. His arrest came just days after police picked up Waseem Awawdeh, 23, who expressed no remorse for his role in the crime, even saying he would do it again.
The NYPD is still looking for three suspects.
⚠️One of these individuals has been arrested and charged with Assault as a Hate Crime.
Take a look at the other 3, do you know any of them?
☎️ 1-800-577-TIPS with any information. https://t.co/uZAdTdmoUo pic.twitter.com/7pqPRPl1OE
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) May 24, 2021
The crime was just one of the more than 200 attacks on Jewish people since the beginning of May. The uptick is being attributed to the conflict between Palestine and Israel that has now ended. Some Republicans believe the anti-Israel rhetoric by far-left members of Congress are contributing to the hate, and have called on President Joe Biden to condemn members of his party.
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