A Queens man was charged on Tuesday with several hate crime counts in an October attack on an Israeli tourist in Times Square who was punched in the head by an assailant invoking Hamas, the Manhattan district attorney said.
The hate crime charges against the man, Yehia Amin, were among the latest to arise from a spate of bias incidents in New York City in the past two months amid the war between Hamas and Israel.
In the case of Mr. Amin, 28, prosecutors said he had followed the tourist and four friends, all five wearing skullcaps, as they visited Times Square.
Mr. Amin, prosecutors said, played what he told the men was “Hamas music” through a Bluetooth speaker while following them for several blocks and making antisemitic comments that included “Hamas should kill more of you” and “All Jews should die.”
After tailing the men for 10 minutes, prosecutors said, Mr. Amin sprinted up behind one of them, a 23-year-old, and punched him in the back of the head before running off. The police caught him a short time after he fled, and he continued to shout antisemitic remarks while being arrested, prosecutors said.
Mr. Amin was charged with three counts of stalking as a hate crime, one count of assault as a hate crime and one count of aggravated harassment.
“Violence stemming from hate and discrimination will not be tolerated in Manhattan,” Alvin L. Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, said in a statement announcing the indictment.
The number of bias incidents investigated this year by the Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force was down 6 percent through November, compared with the same period last year, but the number of such incidents this November was up 33 percent compared with last November, department data shows.
In October, in the wake of Hamas’s surprise Oct. 7 attack on Israel, the number of bias incidents investigated by the police jumped 124 percent compared with October 2022, and the number of antisemitic incidents surged 214 percent, Police Department data shows.
Other recent incidents that have led to hate crime charges include one on Nov. 7 in which a woman threw her cellphone and a cup of hot coffee at a man in a Brooklyn park while making anti-Islamic statements. The victim was not hurt, officials said.
Hadasa Bozakkaravani, 48, was subsequently arrested in the attack and charged with several crimes, including assault as a hate crime, harassment and menacing.
Last Friday, two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old were charged with three counts of assault as a hate crime and two counts of assault after a series of November incidents in which, officials said, they attacked people near a Brooklyn synagogue, punching and kicking the victims and causing minor injuries.
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