Man Charged With Hate Crimes in Stabbing of Rabbi in Boston

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Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was wearing a skullcap and lasting successful beforehand of a ample menorah connected the steps of a Jewish schoolhouse erstwhile helium was attacked by Khaled Awad, 24, prosecutors said.

Khaled Awad, left, astatine  a tribunal  proceeding  successful  Boston connected  Thursday. He faces hatred  transgression  charges successful  the July 1 stabbing of Rabbi Shlomo Noginski.
Credit...Pool photograph by Elise Amendola

July 8, 2021, 6:40 p.m. ET

A antheral who stabbed a rabbi extracurricular a Jewish schoolhouse successful Boston this period was charged connected Thursday with hatred crimes aft investigators discovered that helium had expressed anti-Semitic views, prosecutors said.

The rabbi, Shlomo Noginski, was wearing a skullcap and lasting successful beforehand of a ample menorah connected the steps of the school, Shaloh House, erstwhile helium was attacked connected July 1 by the man, Khaled Awad, 24, prosecutors said.

After brandishing a gun, Mr. Awad demanded the keys to a schoolhouse van, which Rabbi Noginski offered him, prosecutors said. Mr. Awad past displayed a weapon and indicated that helium wanted the rabbi to get into the van, prosecutors said.

Rabbi Noginski, 41, ran, but Mr. Awad chased him down and stabbed him 9 times, prosecutors said. The rabbi survived, and told i24News aft helium was released from the infirmary that helium had been stabbed successful his limb and limbs, “but it could person been overmuch worse.”

“I consciousness comparatively great, and I convey God for the miracle,” helium told i24News successful Hebrew.

Mr. Awad, who was arrested soon aft the attack, was charged connected July 2 with 7 counts, including battle with intent to execution and attempted equipped robbery, prosecutors said.

On Thursday, prosecutors added 2 further charges, some of which are considered hatred crimes, they said: committing a civilian rights usurpation causing wounded and equipped battle and artillery with intent to intimidate, causing bodily injury.

The further charges were brought aft radical who knew Mr. Awad oregon had lived with him told investigators that helium had said that “all Jews are stingy and evil” and “they are evil and power the world,” Margaret Hegarty, a Suffolk County prosecutor, told reporters connected Thursday.

Mr. Awad had besides made derogatory comments astir Christians, but “was particularly harsh connected Jews, arsenic portion of who helium was,” Ms. Hegarty said.

The time earlier the attack, Mr. Awad, who lives successful the vicinity wherever Shaloh House is, was seen adjacent the school, acting successful a mode that was “odd oregon off-putting,” which prompted idiosyncratic to instrumentality a photograph of him, Rachael Rollins, the Suffolk County territory attorney, told reporters.

“We are lasting present contiguous due to the fact that we privation the Jewish assemblage to cognize that we judge this was rooted successful anti-Semitism,” Ms. Rollins said. “We are going to telephone that retired and complaint that specifically, and we privation them to cognize they are safe.”

Mr. Awad, an Egyptian who was successful the United States connected a pupil visa, has pleaded not blameworthy to each charges, according to his lawyer, Stephen J. Weymouth, who said the caller hatred transgression charges were “based connected immoderate precise anemic evidence.”

“There’s nary grounds that immoderate comments were made during the people of the attempted robbery,” Mr. Weymouth said successful an interview. “There wasn’t immoderate yelling oregon screaming, arsenic you would expect, ‘I hatred Jews.’”

Mr. Weymouth said helium had asked the tribunal to person a doc analyse Mr. Awad and the doc had recommended that Mr. Awad beryllium sent to Bridgewater State Hospital. Mr. Awad volition beryllium held determination for the adjacent 20 to 30 days to find whether helium is competent to basal proceedings and whether helium has intelligence wellness issues that could person affected his quality to find close from incorrect connected the time of the attack, Mr. Weymouth said.

Mr. Weymouth said that immoderate intelligence wellness issues, which helium was incapable to instantly describe, “may precise good beryllium the mentation here.”

The stabbing came aft an outbreak of anti-Semitic threats and violence crossed the United States this twelvemonth stoked fearfulness among Jews successful tiny towns and large cities.

During 2 weeks of clashes successful Israel and Gaza successful May, the Anti-Defamation League collected 222 reports of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and unit successful the United States, compared with 127 implicit the erstwhile 2 weeks.

In 1 case, Jewish diners extracurricular a sushi edifice successful Los Angeles were attacked by men shouting anti-Semitic threats. In different case, a ceramic shattered a model of a kosher pizzeria connected the Upper East Side of Manhattan. And successful Salt Lake City, a antheral scratched a swastika into the beforehand doorway of an Orthodox synagogue.

After Rabbi Noginski was stabbed, metropolis officials and Jewish assemblage leaders successful Boston condemned the onslaught and urged the constabulary to analyse it arsenic a hatred crime.

On Thursday, Robert Trestan, the manager of the Anti-​Defamation League’s New England office, said successful a connection that helium welcomed the filing of hatred crimes and civilian rights charges successful the attack.

“The charges are a stark reminder that anti-Semitism continues to substance unit against the Jewish community,” Mr. Trestan said. “The charges correspond the archetypal measurement towards accountability and justness for the community.”

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