Pro-Palestinian Protestor Charged With Hate Federal Crime Assaulting Jewish Man in NYC

By Hamodia Staff

BROOKLYN – Saadah Masoud, a pro-Palestinian activist who allegedly assaulted Matt Greenman, who was draped in an Israeli flag at a pro-Palestine demonstration near Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan on April 20, was charged with a hate crime the that attack, The New York Post reported.

In a newly unsealed criminal complaint filed by the US Attorney’s Office, federal prosecutors charged that Masoud beat Greenman because of his “actual and perceived religion” following the pro-Palestine rally sponsored by Within Our Lifetime Palestine, an activist group that supports the “Intifada” against Israel. Greenman, was hospitalized for his injuries, which included a concussion.

In addition, the court documents state that Masoud allegedly threatened a Jewish community leader in Brooklyn last June by saying, “We know where you live, we will get you” and then struck the man twice in the head and body. A month later, according to the filing, he struck a man carrying an Israeli flag in the face and stole the flag, as well as threatening Israeli supporters on social media with several menacing posts.

Gerard Filitti of the Lawfare Project, who is representing Greenman, said, “The US Attorney’s office is sending a clear message that hate crimes targeting Jews have serious consequences.”

Masoud was released on a $75,000 bond but was denied a request to attend a wedding in New Jersey.

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