Waseem Awawdeh biography: 13 things about Brooklyn, New York man who attacked Joseph Borgen

Waseem Awawdeh is a resident of New York, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City New York. (a)
  2. He is pro-Palestine. (b)
  3. He is a student at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. (c) (d)
  4. On November 8, 2020, he was driving a 2003 Infiniti when he nearly hit someone in Bay Ridge. He faced several charges including reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. (e)
  5. On December 12, 2020, he was pulled over for failure to signal. A switchblade and pellet gun was found on him and he was charged with weapons possession and was given a desk appearance ticket. (e)
  6. In March 2021, he was given desk tickets for driving without a license twice. He was also accused of speeding and running a red light. (c) (e)
  7. In April 2021, he was given desk tickets for driving without a license twice. (e)
  8. On May 16, 2021, Bella Hadid took to Instagram to share photos and videos of herself protesting with him and many other Palestinians. He was on crutches in the photos. On the same day, he took to Facebook to share photos and videos of himself from the protest. (d) (f)
  9. Wearing sunglasses, a red bandana and a black shirt while holding crutches, he was with a group of pro-Palestine men on Broadway near West 49th Street in Manhattan, New York City on May 20, 2021. At around 6:44 p.m., he was caught on camera kicking, pepper-spraying and pummeling Jewish accountant Joseph Borgen, then 29. The victim, who was wearing a yarmulke while walking to a pro-Israel rally in Times Square in Manhattan, claimed that he said, “You, filthy Jew, we’re going to f—–g kill you. Go back to Israel. Hamas is going to kill you.” (a) (b)
  10. He was 23 years old when he attacked Borgen on May 20, 2021. (a) (c)
  11. On May 21, 2021, the New York Police Department announced that he had been arrested. Wearing a black shirt with the word “Palestine” emblazoned on the front, he was led in handcuffs out of the NYPD 5th Precinct and into Central Booking in Manhttan. He was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. (a) (b)
  12. On May 22, 2021, he was arraigned before Judge Kathryn Paek in Manhattan Criminal Court. Represented by April White-Small of New York County Defenders, he did not enter a plea and he was held on $10,000 bail. (c)
  13. On May 23, 2021, a video shows him celebrating as he was freshly released from prison. His supporters carried him and yelled, “Free Palestine!” (g)



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