HATE CRIME CHARGES FILED AGAINST FIVE JEWISH TEENAGERS IN BROOKLYN
Bradley Hope, New York Sun, 11/3/06
Five Jewish teenagers have been charged with hate crimes for attacking
a Pakistani-American man with brass knuckles in the Midwood section of
Brooklyn and calling him a "terrorist," officials said.
Shahid Amber, 24, said in an interview last night he was eating ice
cream near a Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of East 15th Street and
Avenue M, when he was approached by a group of five teenagers at about
8:15 p.m. on October 29. They knocked the ice cream from his hands,
called him a "terrorist" and told him: "Go back to your country," he said.
The teenagers held his arms behind his back and began beating him with
a pair of brass knuckles, breaking his nose and leaving his torso
covered in bruises, he said. Doctors told him he would need surgery to
correct the damage done to his face.
Police arrested the five teenagers soon after the attack. Three were
identified as Yossi Friedman, 17, Shulomi Bitton, 16, and Benjamin
Wasserman, 16. Two 15-year-olds that were arrested were not identified
because of their age. They all lived in the vicinity of the street
corner where the attack happened.
The alleged perpetrators were charged by the Brooklyn district
attorney with a number of crimes, including assault in the first
degree, assault in the second and third degree as hate crimes, gang
assault in the first degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in
the fourth degree, a spokesman said. For the most serious charge,
assault in the first degree, they face between eight and a third and
20 years in prison, the spokesman said. . .
In visits to local mosques, Mr. Choudrhi said he was able to calm the
community, telling them not to let their emotions get ahead of them.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has planned a press
conference on Monday, where Mr. Amber will speak about the attack. (MORE)
FIVE ORTHODOX TEENS CHARGED IN BIAS ATTACK - TOP
Kerry Burke and Nancie L. Katz, 11/3/06
Umbar Islam shows the bloodstained jacket that was worn by his son
Shahid Amber, 24, when he was allegedly attacked by gang of Orthodox
Jewish teens because he is a Muslim.
Five Orthodox Jewish teens have been slammed with hate-crime charges
in the brutal beating of a Pakistani immigrant in Brooklyn.
"They hit me in the face with brass knuckles four or five times while
somebody held my hands," said the victim, Shahid Amber, 24, a gas
station attendant. "Then they all beat and kicked me. They were
screaming 'Muslim m-f-r. You m-f-g Muslim terrorists. Go back to your
Amber, who was eating ice cream outside a Midwood Dunkin' Donuts when
the gang attacked on Sunday, needed 15 stitches on his broken nose and
Witnesses who called 911 said that 10-12 youths jumped him, a source said.
Amber said the attack began after one of the group asked if he were
Muslim and he answered yes. Amber's father, Umbar Islam, 56, described
a brutal assault by boys in long black jackets, black pants and black
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