The father of a young Jewish man who was savagely beaten in broad daylight in Times Square ripped into two New York Democrat leaders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, for not responding when he reached out after the attack.
Barry Borgen, whose son Joey was wearing a yarmulke when he was allegedly beaten up by Waseem Awawdeh, Mahmoud Musa, Faisal Elezzi, and Mohammed Othman, addressed Nadler when he spoke on Monday at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing regarding victims of violent crime in Manhattan.
“Mr. Nadler, you’re a Jewish New Yorker,” Borgen stated. “I called your office numerous times. I called Mr. Schumer’s office, another Jewish New Yorker, numerous times. No one called us back.”
“You’re a Jewish New Yorker,” he continued. “You have Jewish roots here. Behavior like this enables DA [Alvin] Bragg to just do whatever he wants to do. If you guys would have come out with a statement from Washington and said that we condemn the beating of Mr. Borgen’s son, we condemn this act, maybe Mr. Bragg would have taken this case a little more seriously.”
“And I call you out on it,” he said. “Most of my friends are so disheartened with you and Mr. Schumer you don’t understand. We wouldn’t vote for Mr. Schumer again … And if I lived in Manhattan I wouldn’t vote for you either. “
Barry Borgen, father of Joey Borgen, who was beaten at a 2021 pro-Israel rally, calls out Rep. Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer at the House GOP crime hearing.
"You're a Jewish New Yorker," he said. "I called your office numerous times. No one called us back." pic.twitter.com/R7P7lUtb5c
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Joey Borgen recalled that his attackers called him a “dirty Jew” and yelled, “F*** Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you.”
Bragg offered a six-month plea bargain to Awawdeh, who allegedly told a jailer after the attack, “If I could do it again, I would do it again. I have no problem doing it again.”
“It’s disgusting how Mr. Bragg calls himself a crime fighter, the man does nothing,” Barry Borgen said. “He offered people who tried to kill my son six months in jail, one guy to walk away because maybe he hit him once. It is a hate crime.”
“[The light sentence] shows that it’s open season on anybody, be it an Asian, an African-American, Jewish, Muslim,” Barry Borgen continued. “It’s basically open season. If you can’t prosecute, put people away for a hate crime, I don’t know what else is there besides murder, God forbid. It’s just disgusting, it’s not right.”
“I feel like I have a target on my back sometimes, but it’s getting better and better,” Joey Borgen, who sustained a concussion from the attack, said. “Hopefully the DA does their job and brings accountability and justice to everyone who deserves it.”