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Mob of teens stomped 16-year-old while screaming ‘Kill the Jew’ in NYC – but won’t face hate crime charges

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A large group of teens stomped and punched a 16-year-old Jewish boy while allegedly screaming “Kill the Jew” in Queens, New York — but the suspects arrested aren’t facing hate crime charges.

Gothamist reported that two teens, aged 17 and 18, were arrested Thursday in relation to the beating of a Jewish Forest Hills resident a week after his November 29 attack.

The victim is still in the hospital after suffering “lacerations, swelling and contusions on his head and body,” the report noted.

Nevertheless, Detective Annette Shelton, a New York Police Department spokesperson, declined to characterize the seemingly anti-Semitic attack as a hate crime.

“It’s not a hate crime,” she told Gothamist, “and the victim is in stable condition.”

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That assessment runs counter to the conclusions of leaders from the teen’s community of Bukharian, or Persian, Jews.

Both witnesses and Yaniv Meirov, the CEO of the Chazaq organization that represents the Bukharian community, said the large group screamed “Kill the Jew” while beating up the teen.

“This is a big group of guys, we understand 20 to 30 guys,” Meirov told Gothamist. “And they start stepping on him, stamping on him. Punching him.”

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In the context of the increasingly spate of anti-Semitic attacks and graffiti in New York City, the Chazaq leader suggested, the beating seems all the more like a hate crime.

News of the NYPD not classifying the Forest Hills attack as a hate crime came just one day after Gothamist reported that the city council may open an “Office of Hate Crimes Prevention” to counter the rise in bias attacks. According to the NYPD, there were 307 hate crimes in the city as of November 7, 2018.


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

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