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Car service driver attacking Hassidic Jew in Borough Park, Brooklyn

A Staten Island man has been indicted in connection with the vicious beating of an older Hassidic Jew in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, and the deliberate targeting of another Hassidic man with his car, last month.

Farrukh Afzal, 38, of Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, was arraigned late last week on a 17-count indictment that included attempted assault as a hate crime in the second degree, third-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, and other related offenses.

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Afzal was heard screaming words that sounded like “Allah” while beating the victim, according to the court papers. He is ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and is to appear again before the judge on January 14 2019.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.