“When officers arrived, they learned the man was involved in an argument with 19-year-old Maxwell Freidman of Brooklyn, over flyers he and friends posted with names and pictures of Israeli hostages captured by Hamas.”
The alleged attacker was apparently trans. Somehow, that’s the least surprising detail here.
FOX News reports:
NYC Israeli student assaulted outside Columbia University’s main library amid tensions with Hamas
An Israeli student at Columbia University in New York City was assaulted with a stick outside the Ivy League school’s main library, as tensions on campus over the Israel-Hamas conflict continue to increase.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said officers responded to the area of the library at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, for a report of an assault on a 24-year-old man.
When officers arrived, they learned the man was involved in an argument with 19-year-old Maxwell Freidman of Brooklyn, over flyers he and friends posted with names and pictures of Israeli hostages captured by Hamas.
Police said Freidman “identifies as female.”
The victim told the Columbia Daily Spectator — a university student newspaper — he approached Freidman when he saw her ripping down the flyers.
The Israeli student asked only to be identified by his initials, “I.A.” because of safety concerns, the publication reported.
One of I.A.’s friends told the paper I.A., and other students first encountered Freidman when they were posting flyers in Uris Hall on Wednesday. Friedman told the group she was Jewish and asked to help, which the group welcomed.
Later that evening, at about 5:30 p.m., I.A. and a few of his friends noticed Freidman ripping the posters down, outside of Butler Library.
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