Jewish Teen Violently Attacked in NYC, No Hate Crime Charges Filed
David Paltielov was attacked by dozens of teens allegedly screaming, "Kill the Jew!"
Hate was in full force when a pack of teens assaulted a 16-year-old Jewish teen while allegedly screaming, "Kill the Jew!"
David Paltielov is still hospitalized with bruises, lacerations and contusions to the head after being stomped on and beaten by dozens of boys in Queens, N.Y. Two teens, ages 17 and 18 were arrested on Thursday in relation to the beating, but the New York City Police Department didn't charge them with a hate crime. Both were charged with first-degree felony gang assault and second-degree felony assault.
The incident happened outside the Masbia Soup Kitchen in Queens on Nov. 29. One of the volunteers, Waleska Mendez, who witnessed the attack, saw the group coming down the street looking for trouble.
"It just seemed to me that they came to the neighborhood to look for problems and they found someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mendez told PIX11.
With a rash of anti-Semitic attacks and killings in recent months, it would appear to accurately fit the description of a hate crime. Ironically, only a day earlier the City of New York had announces that they would be implementing an Office of Hate Crimes Prevention.
The same week Paltielov was attacked, Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College in Manhattan, faced anti-Semitism as well.
Midlarsky walked into the entryway of her New York City office on Nov. 28 to find it vandalized with two large swastikas on the wall written in spray paint, along with the anti-Semitic slur — "Yid."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that the number of anti-Semitic crimes in the U.S. rose 57 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, before President Trump took office.
This is the greatest single-year increase recorded by the ADL, and the second-highest number recorded since the organization began compiling data.
In October, 11 people were gunned down at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh by a white male domestic terrorist. Just hours before the shootings, he used the social network Gab.com to post malicious anti-Semitic messages and conspiracy theories.
Following Paltielov's attack, community members are taking caution. Yaniv Meirov, CEO of CHAZAQ, a Jewish youth leadership organization, warned people who live in area not to walk alone at night following the attack.
"While you live in America, in New York, in your community and you want to feel safe and sound, you have to think twice," Meirov said.
The NYPD said that the investigation is ongoing.
"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall,'" said Nathan Phillips, who is a Vietnam veteran.
Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. When they encountered Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, at the Lincoln Memorial, they mocked him.
The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their despicable behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.
What is particularly disturbing to watch is one of the students, standing less than a foot away, trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:
I've seen that look before — on the MAGA boy's face as he taunts a participant from the Indigenous Peoples March. Fueled by ideology and a desire to dehumanize, it frightens me and reminds me of other cruel youth groups from history.
(anyone know original source of video?) pic.twitter.com/Ka6t5HKmCz
— Melissa Chan (@melissakchan) January 19, 2019
Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.
President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.
Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.
If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019
Phillips, a Vietnam veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:
"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"
He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."
He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."
Thank you to @VinceSchilling of @IndianCountry and many others who identified the proud Native man who is being harassed. He is Mr. Nathan Phillips. I'm reposting this video from “ka_ya11" on IG. This man's words pierce my heart. The grace. The wisdom. The hope. pic.twitter.com/BKOA40SVq5
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 19, 2019
Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:
"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.
"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.
"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.
Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:
The MAGA-hat wearing Covington Catholic High School students mocking Elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington are direct descendants of the white privilege that empowered white kids to mock Elizabeth Eckford at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. pic.twitter.com/tQroBf6aPb
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 19, 2019
A Uber ride turned into racist ranting.
King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.
"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."
King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.
Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.
"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.
"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."
But let's look at King's track record.
In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.
(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)
King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.
In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.
In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."
King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."
Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.
"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."
"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.
A clueless mother and "educator" writes about teaching her African daughters not to "see color."
A writer for the
Federalist, a conservative publication that uses tags in its stories like "Black Crime" to catalog incidents, and defended Roy Moore dating teenagers, wrote a story about her African adopted daughters not being Black girls, but Americans.
Daniel Borden, a white man, beat DeAndre Harris, a Black man, with a wooden plank, but Judge Richard Moore decided he's too young to serve the full sentence.
Local media in Daniel Borden's hometown of Maumee, Ohio, said that he was known for his swastika drawings and Nazi salutes in high school. In 2017, at 18 years old, he traveled to the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville where he proceeded to beat DeAndre Harris, a Black man, leaving him with eight staples in his head, a broken wrist and cuts and bruises.
His weapon of choice: a six-foot wooden plank.
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The 36-year-old man started his harassment by making racist remarks to the children at Family Dollar store in Memphis.
A white man who harassed then followed Black children after leaving a Family Dollar store in Memphis, Tenn., has been arrested.
Bradley Watkins, age 36, allegedly used the N-word during an argument with the minors on Saturday at the store. Watkins then trailed them in his car, holding a gun in one hand, as the kids were walking home, The Memphis Police Department (MPD) told Fox 13. The victims said he yelled, "N***er, I'll kill you," while pointing the gun.
Even after the children split up while trying to run away, he continued to chase them. A witness on the scene saw Watkins chase the victims at a high rate of speed, running them off the road.
Watkins admitted to police he and the family got into an argument while at the store, but didn't say he chased them in his car.
He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.
The population of Memphis is 63.9 percent Black and 29.2 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist." She also added that Republican voters are uneducated.
After facing criticism from some constituents, Lamar issued an apology, saying "we want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people."
But she also added that race did play a role in the midterm elections. Lamar said that the many who voted Republican based their votes "on racially-charged rhetoric" that's coming from the White House.
Lamar ran uncontested in the state's House District 91 and took office in January.