The NYPD arrested and charged a suspect for an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish man who wore a sweatshirt with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) symbol in Brooklyn.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force arrested Othman Suleiman and charged him with third degree assault and aggravated assault, both listed as hate crimes, The Times of Israel reported.
Suleiman accosted Blake Zavadsky last month when he saw him wearing the military sweatshirt and started calling him a “dirty Jew” and repeatedly punching him in the face.
Suleiman told Zavadsky he had “five seconds to take off the sweatshirt” or risk being beaten, the victim said.
** ARREST UPDATE ** Hate Crimes Task Force detectives, assisted by Brooklyn South Arrest Warrants, have arrested the wanted individual for this anti-Jewish assault.
Othman, Soliman 27
Staten Island, New York
3rd degree assault / hate crime
Aggravated harassment / hate crime https://t.co/JwhQjLEDkm pic.twitter.com/e9MQKJe5zk
– NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) January 11, 2022
The incident is the latest in many attacks by American Muslims on Jews in the New York area.
Jews were the most targeted group for hate crimes in New York City last year, according to the report. There were 144 confirmed attacks on Jews between January and October 2021, out of a total of 416 hate crimes in the city, according to the NYPD. Attacks on Jews accounted for 35% of all hate crimes, the highest proportion of any group, according to the data.
Across America, anti-Semitic hate crimes made up 57% of all religious crimes, according to the 2020 FBI Hate Crime Statistics Report.