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Butler man charged with hate crime against Jewish neighbor

December 9, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

A Butler man assaulted last month said his attacker targeted him because he is Jewish.

Robert Faitelson, 52, the victim of a Nov. 14 assault outside his residence on the 100 block of E. North Street, alleged that Julian Bindernagel, 25, told him “the only good Jew is a dead Jew” during an altercation that left Faitelson bloodied, swollen and with a broken cheekbone and nose.

In addition to aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief charges, prosecutors added an ethnic intimidation charge against Bindernagel at his preliminary hearing on Nov. 25. Faitelson said he went to the hearing and talked to prosecutors and a victim's advocate about what happened, leading to the additional charge.

“Nobody should have to go through this,” Faitelson said in an interview Monday. “My grandparents survived the death camps. No Jew should have to go through this again.”

Terri Schultz, a county assistant district attorney, approved the additional charge of ethnic intimidation — a third-degree misdemeanor.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Tuesday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read more about the altercation and how it occurred.