Cab driver shouts 'Allah' as he viciously beats elderly Jew on his way to the synagogue
Lipa Schwartz, was on his way to the synagogue when 37-year-old Farrukh Afzal beat him until another Hasidic man came running to stop the attack
A recent surveillance footage shows a 62-year-old Jewish man being attacked by a livery driver. The victim has now claimed that his attacker kept shouting "Allah" as he beat him in the middle of a road in Brooklyn, New York, on October 14. The elderly man, Lipa Schwartz, was on his way to the synagogue when 37-year-old Farrukh Afzal beat him until another Hasidic man came running to stop the attack.
Schwartz told ABC7 Eyewitness News: "All of a sudden 'boom!' I tried to protect myself, run away. I fell. He come again on me." He also told Boro Park 24 in an exclusive interview "In that instant I saw death for my eyes" but that he finally felt that he should "fight back and wrestle myself out of this attack".
The incident, that took place in the Borough Park neighborhood, was caught on surveillance cameras and it shows the Church Avenue Car Service worker battering the victim who was then left with cuts on the side of his face and head. Afzal was then seen chasing the man who tried to help Schwartz and was subsequently arrested.
Watch: New video Foptage shows how the attack was targeted. The driver is seen running directly from the car to attack the elderly passersby without being provoked. pic.twitter.com/BalS6uWQ6j— Boro Park News (@BoroPark24) October 14, 2018
Schwartz was then taken to the Maimonides Medical Center to treat the minor injuries he received in the attack. He said: "I'm out of the hospital with some minor bruises, but the trauma of being attacked by someone who seemed to want revenge will stay with me forever."
Afzal, a resident of Staten Island, was fired from his job after the incident was caught on camera at the 13th Avenue by 46th Street intersection. The man was not on duty at the time of the attack. Schwartz said: "I went to him when he was handcuffed, 'What did I do to you that you tried to murder me? Tell me'. He didn't answer back."
Another video: After trying to run for his life, suspect is seen throwing the Yid to the ground and assaulting him again. pic.twitter.com/FoUBuClXZc— Boro Park News (@BoroPark24) October 14, 2018
According to the New York Daily News, a shoe store employee who saw the whole thing said that the incident seemed like it was an attack on the Jewish community. The worker said: "He was screaming at him that he hates the Jews and he would like to kill all the Jews."
Dov Hikind, an assemblyman, said that he was in "absolute horror" after he saw the CCTV footage. He said: "You watch that video, there are no words to describe what you see in that video. The scene itself reminded me of those worst moments in Nazi Germany."
Pix11 has reported that the Boro Park Shomrim and the District Manager of the Brooklyn Community Board 12 have said: "Justice needs to be served swiftly and fully." Authorities initially thought that the beating may have happened because of a road rage incident, but Afzal has since been charged with hate crime, criminal mischief, and harassment.