The attack followed rival pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in midtown Manhattan over the fighting in Gaza.

By Reuters

A man was arrested and several others were being sought in connection with an attack on a Jewish man in New York’s Times Square that drew the attention of several politicians and is being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Friday.

The attack on Thursday, captured in a video that was shared on social media, followed rival pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations in midtown Manhattan over the fighting in Gaza, which ended in a ceasefire hours later.

The demonstrations resulted in 26 arrests.

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The 29-year-old Jewish man was attacked a short time after the demonstrations and was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition, Sergeant Jessica McRorie, a police spokeswoman, said. The victim’s name was not released.

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“The victim was approached by a group of five or six males who knocked him to the ground, assaulted him while making anti-Semitic statements,” McRorie said by phone. “They punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed and hit him with some crutches during the assault.”

Four additional suspects wanted by authorities for a gang-style assault of a Jewish man in New York City Thursday night have been identified in photos released by the NYPD overnight.

The NYPD arrested Waseem Awawdeh, 23, on Friday and charged him with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime, and criminal possession of a weapon.

The New York Post reports that a prosecutor told an arraignment hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court that Awawdeh appeared to show no remorse for the alleged attack.

“If I could do it again, I would do it again. I have no problem doing it again,” Awawdeh is alleged to have said.

The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force said it was investigating the assault.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who also condemned the attack, said in a statement that the victim is a resident of the county, which is just east of New York City on Long Island.




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