Israel Extradites Man for Attacking African-American

Yitzchak Shuchat fled to Israel after a hit-and-run hate crime.

Posted: 11/11/2011 12:02 PM EST
Filed Under Israel, Crime, racism

(Photo: NY Daily News/NYPD)

Stemming from a bizarre incident that could only be described as a hit-and-run hate crime, Israel has decided to extradite a man who is accused of the 2008 beating of a Black man in Brooklyn, New York.

According to reports, the attack occurred one evening in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn when an unidentified man on a bike sprayed African-American Andrew Charles with mace while the accused, Yitzchak Shuchat, 28, jumped from an SUV, beat Charles with a wooden club and sped off.

Charles’ father, a police officer, hailed Shuchat’s arrest as a triumph of the justice system.

“That’s great. My son is finally getting the justice he deserves,” Moses Charles told The New York Daily News upon hearing the decision. “The system is actually working.”

Following the incident, Shuchat fled to Canada and then to Israel. He will face charges for hate crimes and other offenses upon his return to the U.S. According to reports, police believe that the attack may be connected to a group of Black youths who had pelted neighborhood homes with rocks.

In 1991, violent race riots erupted between Blacks and Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights after a Guyanese girl was run over by a car in the motorcade of a prominent Hasidic Rabbi. Almost immediately, a young Jewish man was killed by a group of Black men in retaliation and three days of rioting and looting ensued following the incidents. Hasidic Jews constitute a large minority in Crown Heights, which is a predominately West Indian and African neighborhood. Before fleeing, Shuchat belonged to a local Jewish street patrol group, the Shmira.