Identity, Mishegas, Religion

Park Slope Yarmulke Theft Teen

A few blocks from where I live in Park Slope, a young Chabad Rabbi was surprised to have his kippah swiped:

A New York teenager is being charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime after allegedly stealing a Wellesley rabbi’s yarmulke in a Brooklyn subway station last week. Rabbi Uria Ohana, 25, a rabbinical assistant at the Wellesley-Weston Chabad Center, had just entered a Park Slope subway station at 4th Avenue and 9th street at 6:20 p.m. on March 18 when he felt someone grab his yarmulke.
Turning around, he said, he saw an Arab teenager running down the stairs, and decided to chase him to get his yarmulke back. Running through the station, they passed a group of the boy’s friends who began chasing Ohana and screaming, “Allahu Akhbar!”
Ohana chased the boy, identified as Ali Hussein, 18, of Queens, outside, where he ran into the street and was hit by a car. Hussein’s friends caught up with Ohana and began shouting, “you see what you do?” punching him in the head, and screaming “Allahu Akhbar.”…There were numerous witnesses outside the crowded subway station, he said, and many of them pulled out cell phones to call 911. Before police arrived, a black SUV pulled up, and two of Ohana’s attackers jumped in the car and drove away, leaving Hussein at the scene…

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2 thoughts on “Park Slope Yarmulke Theft Teen

  1. If you read the comments for the original article, it’s pretty appalling/disturbing. There is both blantant back-to-back Antisemitism and Islamaphobia.
    I often see comments like that on Facebook groups too whether they are groups like “Palestine is not a country – take it off Facebook” or the “Anti-Israel” group which has over 2000 members, the comments get so out of control they usually just turn into hate speech. It makes me lose hope sometimes.

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