UPDATED: Joseph Borgin spoke out this morning on Fox News:
A 23 year old man is in NYPD custody in connection with last night’s vicious attack in the Times Square area, with police actively seeking several more suspects.
One in custody after a Jewish man was assaulted during yesterday's demonstration in Times Square.
Hate Crime Task force is investigating as a possible hate crime. pic.twitter.com/q86uQg21YY
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) May 21, 2021
A video making the rounds on WhatsApp and social media showed a man, identified as Joseph Borgen of Lawrence, being kicked and hit repeatedly with sticks by at least six people holding protest signs as he lay in the middle of the roadway. Unite With Israel posted the video and tweeted, “This Jewish man was attacked today in New York City. Tell me anti Zionism is not antisemitism. I dare you.”
Joey Borgens name for Tehillim is Yosef ben Yaffa Lina:
— 5TownsCentral (@5TownsCentral) May 21, 2021
This Jewish man was attacked today in New York City.
Tell me anti Zionism is not antisemitism. I dare you. pic.twitter.com/vzZHSzh93o
— United With Israel (@UniteWithIsrael) May 21, 2021
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 21, 2021
Using events in the Middle East as an excuse to promote #antisemitism must not be tolerated.
— Agudath Israel of America (@AgudahNews) May 21, 2021
— Michal Divon מיכל דיבון ميخال ديفون (@michaldivon) May 19, 2021
NY politicians react to the brutal attack Jewish New Yorkers yesterday in Manhattan.
I unequivocally condemn these brutal attacks on visibly Jewish New Yorkers.
NY is home to people from all faiths & backgrounds—everyone must be able to walk the streets safely.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 21, 2021
Anti-semitism has NO place in our city.
There’s no excuse for violence against someone because of who they are. None. We will bring the perpetrators of this vicious act of hate to justice.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 21, 2021
The recent attacks targeting Jews in New York City are deeply disturbing and must be forcefully condemned. Hatred and bigotry don’t belong in NY or anywhere across our country.
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) May 21, 2021
I'm appalled by the Anti-Semitic gang attacks in NYC that victimized a Nassau resident, as well as the rising number of attacks targeting Jews in major cities like Los Angeles and London.
We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters and against vile Anti-Semitism. pic.twitter.com/lIj2eStjA8
— Laura Curran (@NassauExecutive) May 21, 2021
The horrific attacks against Jews in Manhattan last night were outrageous and unacceptable.
In NY, our diversity is our strength, and we will not stand by idly in the face of hatred and bigotry. The perpetrators must be brought to justice immediately. https://t.co/geuZ5Ont9E
— Todd Kaminsky (@toddkaminsky) May 21, 2021