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 country.’ "
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 reconstructive surgery.
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 hats.
"They punched and broke his nose. They ripped his jacket. He was covered in blood. They said, ‘Jews rule this country!’ " Islam said. "These people are crazy. In his life, he’s never fought. He doesn’t know how to fight."
Yitzi Horowitz, 15, David Brach, 15, Yossi Friedman, 17, Shulomi Bitton, 16, and Benjamin Wasserman, 16, all of Borough Park, were charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.
Horowitz and Brach were freed on their own recognizance. The other three were ordered to pay $5,000 cash bond and are due back in court today.…
Haredi schools do not teach basic civics let alone an appreciation for democracy. It is undemocratic and violence-prone. We will see more attacks like this in the future, unless haredi leaders act. But, as one noted haredi leader has written, the last spate of violence was shoved under the rug. (And, I would add, the gedolim, as usual, were and are weak and ineffective, far more concerned about PR than truth or Torah.)
Look for more haredi violence, perhaps much more, in the future.