Jewish teen assaulted in a US mall

A 16-year-old Jewish girl was assaulted by pro-Palestinian protesters in a mall while shopping with her family.

The assaulted Jewish teenager was wearing an IDF sweater while shopping at the American Deram Mall with her family in  East Rutherford, New Jersey, when she was approached by pro-Palestinian protesters. Wearing an IDF sweatshirt is usual for teens returning from a gap year or trip to Israel, reports The Jerusalem Post.

The teenager was pushed by the attacker, who shouted, „You’re a w****, your mother is a w****, your grandmother is a w****” and yelled, „Free Palestine,” the Jewish Chronicle reported.

The father attempted to break the attacker’s contact with his daughter, pushing her away, and the mother stressed, „You’re cursing my child.” The mother asked the woman, „Have you ever been [to Israel?]” The attacker eventually responded, „I am from Palestine”, in an American accent as she continued to curse at the family and scream.

The American Dream Mall is often visited by local Orthodox Jews and offers kosher dining options.

The incident caused a major uproar among locals, who expressed on platform X that „American Dream Mall is about 10 minutes away from my house. It makes me sick to know people like this exist near me. I don’t care if you’re a Jew or a Muslim; you have no right to assault people you disagree with. Hope these 2 are identified by law enforcement as they present a real danger to civilians.”

Another social media user wrote, „I’ve been to this mall a dozen times. It’s frequented by a lot of religious Jews. Since October 7th, I avoid wearing a kippah in public and didn’t wear it when I was at this mall two weeks ago.”