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New York pro-Palestinian activist pleads guilty to hate crimes for 3 attacks on Jews

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Saadah Masoud, a pro-Palestinian activist, shortly before beating a Jewish man on a street in New York City on April 20, 2022. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Saadah Masoud, a pro-Palestinian activist, shortly before beating a Jewish man on a street in New York City on April 20, 2022. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

A pro-Palestinian activist pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes charges for a series of attacks on Jews in New York City in 2021 and 2022.

Saadah Masoud, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit hate crime acts. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

“Masoud deliberately targeted three victims because of their religion and nation of origin,” says US Attorney Damian Williams. “There is no place in this country for this offensive and hateful conduct.”

As part of his guilty plea, Masoud admitted to attacking three people due to their Jewish or Israeli identity. He will be sentenced in March.

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