A New Yorker who assaulted and berated a Chassidic Jew in 2021 on a New York subway has accepted responsibility for his antisemitic actions.
Bradley Werner pleaded guilty to a hate crime earlier this week, reported The Forward. The victim has asked not to be named, fearing future violence.
Video footage circulating on social media shows Werner blaming the visibly Jewish man for the Israeli-Palestine conflict in obscenity-laden rants, including telling him that he didn’t belong in the city.
The attacker, who has claimed that his grandfather is Jewish, also sought to justify antisemitic violence, saying that Jews brought upon themselves the violence leveled against them.
The judge gave Werner time served for the 11 months he has already spent in jail on a separate hate crime. He faced 364 days in prison.