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Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Man Stabbed by Two Men Cursing Anti-Semitic Slurs

Published on: November 23, 2011 08:17 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A man stabbed on a subway platform during a spat with two men said he had the upper hand until the toughs pulled out a blade.

Emil Benjamin, 30, was on a southbound F train approaching a station at Fourth Ave. and Ninth St. in Park Slope when the two men started cursing him out with anti-Semitic slurs about 9:40 p.m. Monday, he said.

“They said, ‘You’re nobody, you Jewish bastard,’ ” Benjamin said.

Benjamin, a Kavkazi Jew, and a loan broker from Bensonhurst, punched one of the brutes in the mouth, busting his lip open. But as the duo ran away, Benjamin felt something pouring down his back.

“I felt blood gushing out of my back and my left leg,” he said. “It was sizzling hot, like a hot shower. My blue jeans were red. My sneakers were soaked with blood.”

As bystanders called for help, Benjamin, who was stabbed in the back and left thigh, spotted a blood-soaked knife on the concrete platform. He was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center, and cops busted the suspects nearby.

Rafael Padin, 22, and Jose Santos, 18, were charged with assault. Padin, who sliced his own hand during the stabbing, was also slapped with criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said they are not investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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“If it was just fists, I might have been able to fight them off,” Benjamin said. “But I couldn’t handle all the blood. “

Still, Benjamin said, no one should ever resort to violence. “The best thing to do is walk away with a smile,” he said. “Smile to life, and life will smile to you.”


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 Nov 23, 2011 at 08:24 AM Burich Says:

Why isn't the NYPD investigating the incident as a hate crime?

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 08:36 AM NotSure Says:

Isn't stabbing attempted murder?

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 08:39 AM Yiddishmom Says:

Why isn't this a hate crime? They verbally assaulted him before the altercation because he was a Jew and then stabbed him! They may have stabbed him even if he hadn't punched the guy. If someone of a different ethnic or racial group had been attacked this way would it have been a hate crime? Of course! Is the NYPD afraid to acknowledge the uptick in anti-semetic attacks?

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 08:51 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #1  
Burich Says:

Why isn't the NYPD investigating the incident as a hate crime?

Agreed! They absolutely need to investigate this as a hate crime! It would be crazy not to! (:-o

Things are getting really scary out there! I am becoming more & more concerned!

Please know that your community is in my family's thoughts & prayers always! We pray for you & your kids... but also we pray that more & more people will start to become religious.

We've got to continue to fight the bad w\the good! We have HaShem & He gave us the Torah, thank G-d, so that we can know how best to handle these kinds of situations.

But like all of you... I long for the days when the Moshiach arrives, and we no longer have to live in fear of crazy people on the streets, trying to destroy Jewish lives.

Stay safe my friends!
Sherry

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 08:58 AM shredready Says:

things can change by the hour lets wait and see

many times the charges change after a few days sometime harsher sometimes less

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 09:11 AM soxfan Says:

It is the District Attorney's Office that makes the ultimate decision about what charges are brought, not the police. Mr. Hynes has a mixed record on these sorts of crimes.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 09:19 AM bennym Says:

The police are not charging this as a hate crime because they know all the facts newspaper articles don't. If there is a fight and someone screams a epithet its a totally different matter.

The best thing to do if provoked, WALK AWAY!!

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 09:42 AM Phineas Says:

It's barely been 12 hours. The police need to review video surveillance, get statements, etc. This isn't television, it may take a while.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM BLONDI Says:

so what was it? robbery? the cops are lazy bums

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #7  
bennym Says:

The police are not charging this as a hate crime because they know all the facts newspaper articles don't. If there is a fight and someone screams a epithet its a totally different matter.

The best thing to do if provoked, WALK AWAY!!

Good advise....bad advise. I wouldn't want to turn my back on people who are so aggressive.
I really hope that the Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes comes down hard on these two low lifes, and rightfully charges them with a hate crime. Sadly a conceled pocket knive appears to be the standard accessory for these people.
I hope Mr.Benjamin has a complete and speedy recovery from his wounds.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

To #10- I agree. If the Jew attacked those two Hispanics, he would be in a heap of trouble. However, when it is the other way around, it appears to be acceptable! A Shanda! This reminds me in 1984, when Bernhard Goetz was riding the subway, and minding his own business, when he was accosted by several minority punks. He shot and wounded several of them. However, the newspapers made him into a "racist vigilante". However, if Goetz had been beaten or worse, the newspaper columnists would have cared less. P.S. The two Attorneys who filed suit against Goetz on behalf of the "victims" were two Yidden, Kunstler and Kuby!

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM 1stAmendment Says:

If only he had a pistol on his hip , the fight would've never happened !!

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 02:52 PM FreezerSpace Says:

They wouldn't have even opened their mouths if they didn't have some sort of weapon on them. Most of these anti-semites are cowards.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 04:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Why hasn't there been any arrests in the Ocean Parkway Car Bombings. Perhaps the FBI should get involved and solve the case.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM schwartzi Says:

Reply to #13  
FreezerSpace Says:

They wouldn't have even opened their mouths if they didn't have some sort of weapon on them. Most of these anti-semites are cowards.

nice work mr. benjamin. too bad you didnt have a gun with you. and put thse savages out of their misery. a rfuah shleima to you.

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 Nov 23, 2011 at 11:23 PM schwartzi Says:

Reply to #13  
FreezerSpace Says:

They wouldn't have even opened their mouths if they didn't have some sort of weapon on them. Most of these anti-semites are cowards.

Mr. benjamin,youre my hero. well done. this is the only language these animals understand. a refuah shleima to you.

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 06:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
1stAmendment Says:

If only he had a pistol on his hip , the fight would've never happened !!

And if they had guns, which is far more likely, he would be dead. So what's your point?

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 Nov 24, 2011 at 06:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Why hasn't there been any arrests in the Ocean Parkway Car Bombings. Perhaps the FBI should get involved and solve the case.

What does that have to do with this article?

And what makes you tihnk the FBI could do anything better or faster? You watch too much TV. Better use your time to learn to grammar: "why hasn't there been any arrests"?

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