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Jewish woman says she was attacked by pro-Palestinian family at New York City school

A New York City couple said they were recently assaulted by family members who were shouting pro-Palestinian slogans at their elementary school graduation ceremony.

The New York Post published an exclusive interview Saturday with a couple named Lana and Johan, who are Jewish and Dominican-American and Catholic.

The couple had been watching their 10-year-old twins’ graduation at PS 682 in Gravesend, Brooklyn, on June 14, before the assault. Rana told the New York Post that the argument started when she and her husband tried to take a photo with their children in front of the school’s banner, and the boy’s family, who were wearing pro-Palestinian graduation caps, shoved them away.

“We told both families we had space,” Rana says, “and then an older man turned to us and, for no apparent reason, said, ‘Free Palestine!'”

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The New York City Police Department is investigating an attack on a Jewish family by people chanting “Death to Israel!” (Google Maps / iStock)

“My husband told him that now was not the time or place for such a thing, but the man began to abuse him in Arabic, shouting: ‘Free Palestine, Gaza is ours, death to Israel.'”

Lana said she believed her family targeted her because she is Jewish, and when her husband tried to defend his wife and children, another man “came out of nowhere” and hit her husband over the head.

Video obtained by the New York Post shows adults surrounding people fighting on the ground outside the elementary school.

“I don’t remember anything after that because a lot of things were happening and there were a lot of people on top of me,” Johan explained. “Then they strangled me. Someone was grabbing my legs. It was chaos.”

Rana said her 16-year-old son was also punched in the face when he tried to intervene, and was also thrown to the ground by the woman, who threatened his life.

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The exterior of the Brooklyn campus

The assault happened at PS 682 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. (Google Maps)

“A woman from the group came up behind me, pulled me by my hair, threw me to the ground and yelled, ‘I’m going to kill you,'” she said.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed part of the incident to Fox News Digital, saying authorities arrested the suspect, 26-year-old Ezz Al Deen Bazar, and charged him with third-degree assault.

“[F]”Following an altercation, an individual punched a 43-year-old man in the face and dragged him to the ground, causing injuries to his head and arm,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “Paramedics responded but the victim refused medical treatment.”

“The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident,” police added.

Brooklyn Police Station exterior

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is actively investigating the incident. (Google Maps)

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Fox News reached out to the New York City Department of Education for a statement but did not receive a response.