Anti-Semitism Rocked A NYC Subway When A Woman Physically Assaulted A Jewish Woman
Hate crimes in this country are out of control. But first, you may be wondering what constitutes as a hate crime.
Under the FBI regulations, a hate crime is when perpetrators acted based on a bias against the victim’s race, color, religion, or national origin. Furthermore, a hate crime is also against those based on preferences of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or gender. The FBI reports that the increase in hate crimes is affecting not just Latinos, blacks, Muslims, and Jews. Some of these hate crimes occur even in the most diverse of cities.
On Dec. 16, a Jewish student, from Israel, was on her way home on a New York City subway when a black woman began to assault her verbally.
The student, Lihi Aharon, detailed her entire attack on YouTube and also recorded her assailant, 38-year-old Zarinah Ali. Aharon explains that she got on the train and noticed a woman sitting in the subway with a bunch of her belongings next to her. Aharon said that is when she asked her if she could move her things so she could sit down. We can’t be sure if this interaction made Ali lash out at Aharon, but either way, Ali went off on her.
Things escalated when Aharon sat down next to a man that was wearing a Yamaka. Ali began hurling anti-Semitic slurs at that man, which is when Aharon started to film her.
“She was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’ [God is most great] and ‘Allah will kill you,’ ‘nasty Jews,’ she was citing clauses from the Koran and ‘when you see a Jew you got to kill him’ and she used a lot of profanity,” Aharon explained to Fox News.
In the video, Ali can be seen taunting Aharon by making kissing faces at her. Ali also begins anthologizing Aharon saying that she doesn’t mind if she records her. Ali is visibly behaving in a deranged way. Not just because she is saying offensive things, but because of her demeanor toward being filmed, almost as if she was on drugs. Things only got worse from there.
The assaulter then knocks the phone away from the victim and then proceeds to grab her by the face and scratch her.
Aharon details the events of that evening, and the scar that Ali left her is still visible on her face. Aharon tells her friend to record her, but Ali knocks her phone away from her as well.
Eventually, the police were called on the scene, and Aharon was somewhat apprehended.
In the video, Aharon can be seen sitting on the steps of the underground platform while a police officer looms in front of her. Aharon continues to record while Ali spews the most hateful words toward her and another Jewish man.
“It makes me feel very humiliated and sad that anti-Semitism still exists,” Aharon told Fox News. “It’s disturbing, and it’s scary to think that our world is going in that direction. We must stop this.”
Aharon adds that she believes Ali realized she was Jewish after she began speaking in Hebrew to the man who was also verbally assaulted.
Ali was arrested, but it remains to be seen if she will be charged with a hate crime.
“We have confidence that once the District Attorney’s office gets all the facts and completes its investigation, it will prosecute this crime as the hate crime it is,” Ziporah Reich, Aharon’s attorney told the network.
The police did report that Ali was intoxicated when she was arrested and that she had been arrested numerous times before.
Ali said she wears her scar proudly and that it is a reminder that people should help others if they witness a crime.
Typically, on the train, it is very rare for people to intervene when they see someone else being verbally assaulted or physically assaulted. This is usually because they don’t want to get hurt themselves.
This attack against Ali happened just days after a kosher store was targeted in Jersey City. Three people died that day. Last year, another hate crime against Jewish people occurred at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which a shooter shot and killed 11 people. The FBI reports that in 2018, they saw a 16-year increase in hate crimes in the country, which is an increase of 61 percent of the 7,120 incidents.
“We’re seeing a shift from the more casual offender with more shallow prejudices to a bit more of an older assailant who acts alone,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, told the New York Times, last month. “There’s a diversifying base of groups that are being targeted. We’re getting back to more violence.”