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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021

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Joseph Borgen

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A vicious beating in broad daylight in midtown Manhattan by a gang of pro-Palestinian thugs wasn’t going to keep Joseph Borgen quiet. On May 20, Borgen was kicked, beaten and pepper-sprayed by five assailants, some of whom masked their faces with Palestinian keffiyehs, as he made his way to a pro-Israel rally in Times Square. Four of the assailants have since been arrested by the New York Police Department. In a television interview after the attack, Borgen declared that he had “been a proud Jew my entire life, I’ve lived in New York my entire life. Never once before was I accosted verbally or felt threatened by the fact that I was Jewish, for wearing a kippah, or anything of that ilk or that nature.” His ordeal, he continued, “just reinforced my faith in the people that are my brothers in this religion, just because they give me the strength to continue on.” (Screenshot / The View)

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