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Waseem Awawdeh Charged In Antisemitic Assault, Vows He’d Do It Again, Gets Hero’s Welcome

Waseem Awawdeh Charged In Antisemitic Assault, Vows He’d Do It Again, Gets Hero’s Welcome

There has been a second arrest, of Faisal Elezzi, 25, of Staten Island.

Waseem Awawdeh is charged in the brutal gang beating of Joseph Borgen, as the group shouted antisemitic taunts.

It was one of many attacks in New York by “pro-Palestinian” groups, as we covered in VIDEOS: “Pro-Palestinian” Gangs Attack Jews In Multiple Locations in Manhattan

According to news reports, Awawdeh vowed that he would do it again if he could:

“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he told one of his jailers, according to a prosecutor at Awawdeh’s Saturday arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. “I have no problem doing it again.”

The attack was unprovoked, said prosecutors, who told Judge Kathryn Paek that Borgen was walking near Broadway and West 49th Street when Awawdeh “jumped him and attacked him.”

Awawdeh, who has at least one open case in Brooklyn for allegedly speeding and running a red light in March, was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

The Midtown attack was a hate crime, the Manhattan assistant district attorney told Paek, adding Awawdeh called Borgen a “dirty Jew” and said, “F–k Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you.”

Awawdeh is enrolled in college and isn’t a flight risk, said his attorney, April White-Small of New York County Defenders. Awawdeh did not enter a plea.

Friends of Awawdeh’s who refused to give their names claimed Awawdeh was attacked first.

Numerous “pro-Palestinian” groups are raising money for his defense:

A New York-based coalition of Palestinian organizations that advocates the elimination of Israel as an independent Jewish state has raised nearly $20,000 to fund legal expenses for Palestinian protestors who participated in antisemitic demonstrations in midtown Manhattan last week that descended into violence against Jews.

On Monday, the “Palestine Freedom Fund” — which describes itself as supporting the “movement for justice, return and liberation” — had raised almost all of its $20,000 goal through an online crowdfunding campaign.

Awawdeh was released on $10,000 bail, and was given a hero’s welcome, lifted on the shoulders of supporters:

There has been a second arrest in the case:

Faisal Elezzi, 25, of Staten Island, is charged with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, the New York City Police Department said.

Elezzi is one of five men suspected of assaulting Joseph Borgen, 29, while making antisemitic statements during rival pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protests in Midtown on Thursday, according to the NYPD.

Borgen, who was wearing a yarmulke, was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed and hit with crutches during the assault, which was caught on bystander video.

He told NBC New York that he hadn’t even made it to the protest when he was attacked. He had only just exited a subway station.

“They proceeded to assault me, beat me, kick me, punch me hit me with crutches, hit me with flag poles,” Borgen said.

There are several other suspects sought:


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Meanwhile the 1/6 “insurrectionists” are being held without bail, without trial, and without charges – for four months and counting.

Consider them the first (but certainly not the last) residents of the brand-new American gulag, courtesy of the Biden* administration.

    @REcovering Lutheran

    “without charges”
    That’s not true at all, there have been numerous charges on vari0us counts

      Evil Otto in reply to mark311. | May 26, 2021 at 6:20 am

      And most of the charges are for trespassing, disorderly conduct, or other fairly minor crimes. “Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds”

      What about the rest of Recovering Lutheran’s comment, Mark? The part about being held without bail? How many trials have been held, four months out from the riot?

        Ben Kent in reply to Evil Otto. | May 26, 2021 at 8:01 am

        Otto is right. There is a disturbing disparity in how the Capitol rioters are treated vs other non-violent offenders. Mark, you have to admit this is looking like political retribution and not justice. That should concern every American citizen and I would think all liberal0minded Americans would be the first to speak out. I say it’s not right. Their civil rights are being violated.

Is it time yet to start playing Cowboys and Muslims?

This is one of those times i forget how the world actually works and get a little shocked.

Guy, unprovoked, attacks someone. Spews racial epithets while doing so. Gets arrested for a hate crime (and weapons charge) and says he would do it again. Gets bail at only $10,000. People support the guy.

Come on, man!

    Anonymous Bosh in reply to Dathurtz. | May 26, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Yes, but you will admit, Mr. Awawdeh did not transgress Presidente Biden’s “anti-Asian hate crime” law, and surely you will see that many agree he was compelled, yes, compelled by the white supremacyism of Donald Trump upon which this country was founded. “Unprovoked?” Sham! Sham!

      Milhouse in reply to Anonymous Bosh. | May 26, 2021 at 1:19 am

      Jews are Asian.

        George_Kaplan in reply to Milhouse. | May 26, 2021 at 2:10 am

        Agree. Israel is an Asian nation, Jews are the ethnic group originating from Israel, ergo Jews are Asian. Don’t expect the Biden maladministration to treat the perpetrators as violating the new anti-Asian hate crime legislation though. Under the National Socialists Jews weren’t White and deserved everything they got. Under Socialist Democrats Jews are White and deserve everything they get. The more things change the more they remain the same.

        GWB in reply to Milhouse. | May 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

        Are Arabs Asian, too? I think both groups would be surprised to be thought of that way.

        Danny in reply to Milhouse. | May 26, 2021 at 6:41 pm

        I think most people would separate the middle east from Asia.

          Milhouse in reply to Danny. | May 26, 2021 at 11:41 pm

          No, most people would not. Where on earth could you have got such an idea? Only completely ignorant people don’t know that the middle east (except Egypt) is in Asia. It takes the same ignorance as thinking Denmark is in Africa, or Brazil is in Europe.

          divemedic in reply to Danny. | May 29, 2021 at 9:31 pm

          @Milhouse: Egypt is in Africa.

          Is it bad that I laughed, literally, out loud at this? Arabs are not all “Asian,” particularly those who are African.

          The pedantry here is beyond silly.

    mark311 in reply to Dathurtz. | May 26, 2021 at 4:11 am


    Yeah not good really, I don’t get how they could release him if he made threats. Makes no sense.

      Dathurtz in reply to mark311. | May 26, 2021 at 6:29 am

      The problem is that it really really does make sense. I just forget reality sometimes because I am naive.

      Danny in reply to mark311. | May 26, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      New York judges have very little to no leeway in this, it could be a bad or great judge but the “credit” goes to the NY State legislature for forcing the judges hand.

Be a shame if he fell victim to some senseless act of violence. You know, like those that happen all the time in the city.

texansamurai | May 25, 2021 at 11:19 pm

it is not a great leap from assaulting/beating our countrymen of jewish faith to shooting/stabbing/murdering them–particularly as assaults or even “hate crimes” have the perpetrators right back on the streets to re-offend at will

perhaps our countrymen of jewish faith(have several in-laws of the faith)should finally start considering the process and implications of “omerta” and start handling these bastards themselves–quietly but vigorously

Well, I guess trash comes in all shapes and sizes. Inspiring.

NYC, you own this.

Blm flags are flying at the Junta’s embassies. NYC is letting this goon loose.

Does everyone understand these goons are now.government actors?

Anonymous Bosh | May 26, 2021 at 12:49 am

FAAAAAAKE news, and I know, because Don Lemon told me so: “Republicans Are ‘the Party of Antisemitism’” and Waseem Awawdeh is a Rethuglycan’t if e’er I saw one! Take that to the bank (the West Bank, ya akhi!).

    Milhouse in reply to Anonymous Bosh. | May 26, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Republicans haven’t been “the party of antisemitism” for a very long time, if ever. There was a time when antisemites were welcome in the party, and held prominent positions in it; although most in the party disagreed with them on that topic, it wasn’t enough to get them pushed out of the party, just like in the Democrats. That time is gone; for at least the last 25 years (basically since Pat Buchanan left and Jim Baker retired) antisemites have been made unwelcome. Whereas the Democrats not only continue to tolerate the antisemites within their ranks, they increasingly give them honor and respect and don’t let it be an issue at all.

henrybowman | May 26, 2021 at 1:22 am

“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he told one of his jailers, according to a prosecutor…”

Meaning this happened before the judge ruled on bail… and he got bail?
Has everyone in government just gone insane?

“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he told one of his jailers, according to a prosecutor…”

“Sir, as your lawyer, I have to advise you to SHUT THE HELL UP, YOU MORON.”

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Evil Otto. | May 26, 2021 at 6:53 am

    I wonder if the lawyer is Jewish? They are the best, and even skinherads and nazis hire them,

There’s no reason he’d change his mind on a political statement. The problem is bail, not his mind.

Raising money for his defense is fine. You don’t want to convict somebody except against the best possible defense.

Char Char Binks | May 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Calls by Biden, Dems (and Republicans, for that matter), to condemn antisemitism and to “give hate no safe harbor” are useless, and disgusting.

We cannot end hatred simply by condemning it, and safe harbor for any and all ideas is EXACTLY what the Bill of Rights guarantees, even, or especially, hateful ideas, and ideas we hate. We should be celebrating the fact that antisemitic speech, as well as any and all speech, is allowed, and given safe harbor, in this supposedly free country.

Meanwhile, courts set violent criminals free, even if they admit to, and brag about, their crimes, and innocent people are prosecuted and persecuted for defending themselves and their rights.

When a mob attacks an individual they are using deadly force and deadly force can be used in self defense. Can the Muslims who attacked the Jew be charged with assault with a deadly weapon?