Not Enough Justice Served for Hate Crime

A pro-Palestinian activist who brutally beat a Jewish man on a New York street and bragged afterwards that he’d “do it again” was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Tuesday.

In May 2021, Waseem Awawdeh, 25, and four other men targeted Joey Borgen, who was identifiably Jewish due to the kippah he was wearing, as he walked to a pro-Israel rally in Manhattan. The assault on Joey was an assault on the whole Jewish community and the community came out repeatedly to sit in court with him, showing solidarity tinged with anger at the way this despicable hate crime was being handled.

Awawdeh was reportedly originally offered a lenient plea deal to serve six months in jail by liberal Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg, but that agreement was rescinded after widespread outrage from Jewish advocacy groups. In his impact statement, Borgen emphasized the fact that Awawdeh showed no remorse; in fact, indicated he might very well repeat this type of heinous offense.

Another participant in the attack, Faisal Elezzi, was sentenced to three years of probation and mandatory “anti-bias training” in April 2023. Three other men are currently awaiting trial for their roles in the assault on Borgen.

Pro-Palestinian attacker of NY Jewish man sentenced to 18 months in jail, by Lauren Marcus/World Israel News, June 14, 2023

Jewish man who was savagely beaten in hate crime mob attack slams Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for giving assailant a plea deal with 18-month sentence: ‘I wanted to see full justice’, by Keith Griffith/Daily Mail, June 15, 2023

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