A Jewish man who was beaten by a mob as Israeli and Palestinian supporters clashed in Midtown Thursday night suffered a concussion — and stated he now has to “second guess wearing a yarmulke in public.”
Joseph Borgen, 29, an accountant from the Upper East Side, stated he was strolling to the rally when a number of individuals ganged up on him on Broadway close to West forty ninth Street.
“There was a rally at this location last week, which I had gone to,” Borgen informed The Post. “I wore a yarmulke last week, and nothing big happened. I showed up for the same rally this week. I got off the subway at 6:30 and started walking to the rally, and before I could even make it to the rally, a few blocks away, a guy started chasing me.”
“I tried to get away, and the next thing I knew, I was surrounded by a whole crowd of people who proceeded to kick me, punch me, beat me down,” he recalled. “I felt a liquid being poured on my face and at first I thought I was getting urinated on, but it tuned out I was getting maced and pepper sprayed. My face was on fire. That pain was worse than the concussion and all this other stuff that followed.”
In the assault, captured on video, Borgen was knocked to the bottom by a gaggle of 5 or 6 males who allegedly made anti-Semitic statements, punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed and struck him with crutches.
After what felt like 4 minutes of getting beaten, cops broke it up, Borgen stated. An ambulance took him to Bellevue.
“I have a concussion,” Borgen stated. “I had an X-ray on my wrist. It’s not broken but it’s messed up. Every time I move it it’s in pain, probably sprained. I have bruises all over my body. I have a black eye. My face is banged up. I’m just sore all over my body. They were kicking me in my ribs, my stomach.”
Police searched the world and took a 23-year-old Waseem Awawdeh, of Bay Ridge, into custody, cops stated.
He was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and felony possession of a weapon, police stated.
The different suspects stay at massive.
Borgen stated he went to the demonstration “solely with the intention of standing side-by-side with my fellow Jews or whoever supports Israel.”
“I’ve heard of waves of hate increasing through the city, and maybe I was a little naive to think it would never happen to me,” he stated. “There are numerous minority groups that are currently under attack. I’ve been in New York for my entire life and I would never in a million years have thought that it would get to this point where I would have to second guess wearing a yarmulke in public.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea condemned the assault in a strongly worded Friday tweet.
“There is NO place for hate of ANY kind, against ANY group, by ANYONE in NYC,” the highest cop stated. “This, and every incident, will be fully investigated by @NYPDHateCrimes — as they always do. This is a time for NYers to come #together, to be New Yorkers above all else.”
The incident got here a few half-hour earlier than a firework was flung from a pickup truck filled with Palestinian flag-waving protesters — touchdown close to a 55-year-old lady, who was burned.
At least 26 individuals had been arrested during the protest.
Skirmishes between the teams erupted within the Midtown vacationer hub as Israel and Hamas hoped a cease-fire in Gaza would finish greater than 10 days of devastating hostilities.