NYC Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges in Series of Antisemitic Assaults – NBC New York
A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal hate crime conspiracy charge in a series of antisemitic assaults in New York City, prosecutors said.
Saadah Masoud, 29, of Staten Island faces the possibility of up to five years in prison at his March 3 sentencing.
Masoud was arrested in June after authorities said he followed, punched and dragged a counter-protester, who was draped in an Israeli flag, at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in April near the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan.
Prosecutors say he also admitted to attacking a man wearing a yarmulke in June 2021 and a person wearing a Star of David necklace the month before.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Masoud “deliberately targeted three victims because of their religion and nation of origin.”
A message seeking comment was sent to Masoud’s attorney.