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Suspect in stabbing of rabbi now dealing with hate crime expenses

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BOSTON (AP) — A person already charged with stabbing a rabbi exterior a Jewish faculty in Boston now faces further hate crime offenses, prosecutors stated Thursday.

Khaled Awad, who’s initially from Egypt, arrived within the U.S. with biased views in opposition to Jews, Christians and American tradition, Suffolk Assistant District Lawyer Margaret Hegarty stated throughout a court docket listening to.

Witnesses who knew or interacted with Awad informed investigators he would develop into offended if his views have been challenged, she stated.

“The witnesses additionally seen that the suspect would stereotype varied variations in racial teams and habits, which included whites, Blacks and that he was particularly harsh on Jews,’’ the prosecutor stated.

Awad, 24, who has been dwelling in Boston, was charged Thursday with a civil rights violation inflicting harm and intimidation with bodily harm, prosecutors stated. He has already pleaded not responsible to assault and battery with a harmful weapon and 6 different expenses in reference to the July 1 stabbing of Rabbi Shlomo Noginski exterior the Shaloh Home within the metropolis’s Brighton neighborhood.

“We imagine this was rooted in antisemitism,” District Lawyer Rachael Rollins stated exterior court docket.

Noginski, an Israeli citizen with 12 youngsters, was stabbed a number of instances within the arm and was launched from the hospital the day after the stabbing.

Awad was seen performing suspiciously close to the Shaloh Home the day earlier than the assault, when he first demanded Noginski’s automotive keys, Hegarty stated. As well as, Noginski was sporting a yarmulke and Awad needed to stroll previous a Menorah, suggesting that he focused Jews, the prosecutor stated.

The assault has been condemned by Boston’s Jewish neighborhood.

Awad’s court-appointed legal professional, Stephen Weymouth, requested a competency analysis. A court docket clinician informed the decide that Awad has been recognized as bipolar and has not been taking his drugs whereas in Massachusetts.

“Competency could possibly be a difficulty,” Weymouth stated in court docket. He additionally dismissed the concept that the stabbing was a hate crime, and stated it was extra possible a “crime of alternative” in an effort to steal a automobile.

Awad was ordered to bear additional psychiatric analysis at a state hospital.

A dangerousness listening to scheduled for Thursday was postponed till July 29, after the analysis.

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