Antisemitic Thug Saadah Masoud Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Acts

Remember antisemitic thug Saadah Masoud, the wannabe actor and model who beat up Israel-supporter Matt Greenman at a NYC terror-supporting rally? He was subsequently charged with a hate crime.

I am pleased to report he has now pled guilty to that hate crime.

Well, not exactly. He has pled guilty to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit hate crime acts in connection with repeated physical attacks of Jewish victims in New York City over the course of a few years.

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that SAADAH MASOUD pled guilty today to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit hate crime acts in connection with MASOUD’s repeated physical attacks of Jewish victims in New York City between 2021 and 2022.  MASOUD was first arrested in this case on June 14, 2022.  MASOUD pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Saadah Masoud deliberately targeted three victims because of their religion and nation of origin.  There is no place in this country for this offensive and hateful conduct.  This Office is dedicated to seeking justice for victims of hate crimes and will aggressively prosecute those who spread hate by criminal means.”

According to the Indictment, other public filings, and statements made in court:

From at least in or about May 2021 through at least in or about April 2022, MASOUD and others conspired to commit hate crime acts in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere.  In furtherance of the conspiracy, MASOUD assaulted at least three victims based upon the victims’ actual and perceived religion and national origin.  Specifically, as part of his guilty plea, the defendant admitted to committing the following acts of violence that were motivated by the victims’ Jewish or Israeli identity or perceived identity:

-On or about April 20, 2022, in Manhattan, MASOUD assaulted a victim who was wearing an Israeli flag.

-On or about June 2, 2021, in Brooklyn, MASOUD and a co-conspirator assaulted a victim who was wearing clothing traditionally associated with the Jewish religion, including a yarmulke, while the victim was sitting outside the victim’s own home.

– On or about May 20, 2021, in Manhattan, MASOUD assaulted a victim who was wearing a Star of David necklace.

MASOUD, 29, of Staten Island, New York, pled guilty to one count of participating in a conspiracy to commit hate crime acts, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.  MASOUD is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote.

Note how he admits targeting Jews, not just “Zionists.”

The good news for Masoud is the 5 years will seem like only 15 months.

Meanwhile, I am proud to have been one of the first to identify him here on Israellycool.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media