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Muslim student arrested for punching Jewish student at Temple University

By Mason White 2:55 PM September 11, 2014
Temple University 

By: Devansh Dutt
A Muslim student was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly punching a Jewish student at Temple University, police in Pennsylvania said.

Philadelphia Police said that 22-year-old Abdel Aziz Jalil, faces charges of simple assault and recklessly endangerment.

No hate crime charges have been filed against Jalil, a student at College of Science and Technology.

Malicious intent toward religion, ethnicity or race must be the reason behind the assault in order for hate crime charges to be filed.

This was not the case with this assault. Jalil was booked into jail and released after posting $1,500 bail. The victim, Daniel Vessal, sought treatment for a headache and stiff neck.

“Temple University is investigating a report of an attack against a student late Wednesday afternoon. The attack is alleged to have included physical violence and anti-Semitic statements and religious slurs. As part of its investigation, Temple asks that anyone with information about the incident contact Campus Safety Services immediately at 215-204-1234,” the university said in a letter.

“Temple University unequivocally condemns the disparagement or assault of any person based on religion or nationality. The university will not tolerate violence of any kind directed against members of the Temple community. In addition, university officials Wednesday night reached out to leaders of the Temple Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities to discuss the incident and a best path for moving forward,” the letter also stated.