NYC: Three Brooklyn Men Charged In Antisemitic Attacks, Including Beating Jewish Teens For Refusing To Shout “Free Palestine”
The defendants identified by the DA are: Daniel Shaukat, 20, of Bensonhurst, Haider Anjam, 21, of Midwood, and Ashan Azad 19, of Midwood
Back in May, I blogged about the shocking attacks in broad daylight on Jews on the streets of New York City.
One particular case stood out because the unhinged antisemites demanded that two teenage boys shout “Free Palestine,” and when they refused, they were beaten and one was held in a choke hold until they could escape their assailants.
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) May 23, 2021
These alleged assailants have been arrested and charged with a broad range of crimes, including third-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree menacing as a hate crime, and criminal obstruction of breathing.
Three Brooklyn men have been charged in a 68-count indictment in connection with two incidents in May in which they allegedly targeted religious Jews.
The defendants allegedly said, “Kill all the Jews,” demanded that a Jewish man say, “Free Palestine,” punched him when he refused, and then chased him and a friend while holding a cricket bat.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendants as Daniel Shaukat, 20, of Bensonhurst, Haider Anjam, 21, of Midwood, and Ashan Azad 19, also of Midwood. They were variously charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree menacing as a hate crime, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing and related charges.
. . . . They were released on bonds ranging from $4,000 to $5,000 and ordered to return to court on Sept. 9, 2021. The defendants face a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison if convicted of the top count[.]
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “All members of Brooklyn’s diverse communities should feel free to go about their day and observe their religion without fear of being targeted. Attacks such as those described in this indictment – including violence and threats of violence that stem from bias and bigotry – are abhorrent and will be prosecuted.”
We will be following this story and provide updates as they become available.DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.