Witnesses said they also heard Izmir yelling “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews.”
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The worst anti-Semitic hate crime of 2018 took place outside a restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Izmir Koch, an Ahiska Turkish migrant who had already been in trouble with the law, allegedly demanded to know if there were any Jews around. A man who been at the restaurant replied that he was Jewish. Izmir punched him in the head, and then kicked him while he lay on the ground.
Koch’s victim was seriously injured by the brutal February 4 attack, suffering injuries to the ribs and eye sockets. On February 4, Koch and his friends were reportedly standing around outside a restaurant when they started loudly asking people whether they were Jewish. One man, who was standing outside the restaurant smoking a cigarette, said that he was. That’s when Koch ran over to him and punched him in the head, hard enough to knock him down. After the man fell to the ground, Koch and his friends kicked him and beat him repeatedly.
Why weren’t the friends indicted as well?
The hero, though badly beaten, is the victim who stood up for Jews even though he wasn’t Jewish.
Ohio man gets 30 months in prison for attacking man he thought was Jewish
By JTA,July 19, 2019 1:34 pm
An Ohio man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for attacking someone he believed to be Jewish.
Izmir Koch, of the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights, was sentenced last week for attacking Paul Marshall outside a Cincinnati-area restaurant in 2017. He was charged with committing a hate crime and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Koch, 34, was standing outside a restaurant asking people if they were Jewish. Though Marshall is not Jewish he answered in the affirmative when asked. Koch then beat him up, causing injuries to his ribs and a fracture of the orbital floor, the bottom portion of his eye socket.
The assailant, who is originally from Turkey, was indicted and convicted last year.
Todd Wickerham, a special agent leading the FBI’s office in Cincinnati, said the bureau sought a stiff sentence, Cleveland Jewish News reported.
“We just think the impact of someone being assaulted because of their religious preferences or their background is so impactful in the community that we want to take these cases on to make sure the penalties … really fit the impact of this,” Wickerham said.
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