Three men have been nabbed for attacking two groups of Jewish men in Brooklyn after trying to force the victims to say, “Free Palestine,” authorities said Wednesday.
Danial Shaukat, 20, Ashan Azad, 19, and Haider Anjam, 20 allegedly accosted two Orthodox Jewish men on Ocean Parkway in Kensington around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Sabbath.
The trio rolled up on the victims in a blue Toyota. Shaukat and one of the other men jumped out of the car with a cricket bat to pummel and choke their targets when they refused to say, “Free Palestine,” prosecutors said.
About five minutes later, Shaukat, Azad and Anjam chased four other Orthodox Jewish men, while shrieking, “Kill you Jews. Free Palestine,” prosecutors said.
The victims ran for refuge in a synagogue, Agudath Israel of Sixteenth Avenue in Borough Park.
Shaukat and one of his cohorts, banged on the doors to get inside the temple and kicked out the passenger window of an Audi parked outside, prosecutors said.
“I do not think this was all one sided. My client reports he was also attacked,” said Taylor Shann, Shaukat’s lawyer, who added that his client is not “someone with hate in his heart.”
Shaukat, a Kingsborough college student and DoorDash employee, was hit with assault as a hate crime, menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing and other charges. Azad and Anjam were arrested Wednesday.
He was released on $2,000 bail after his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court Wednesday.
Azad and Anjam are charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and harassment and Anjam is also facing a menacing as a hate crime rap, cops said.