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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. 

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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. 

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“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. 

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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. 

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“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. 

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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.”

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Diego Luna’s ‘Pan Y Circo’ Is Tackling Major Issues Around The Dinner Table

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Diego Luna’s ‘Pan Y Circo’ Is Tackling Major Issues Around The Dinner Table

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Diego Luna is more than just an actor. Luna is using his name and his fame to create a space for important ideas to be discussed. His new show “Pan Y Circo” on Amazon Prime is tackling the major issues.

Diego Luna’s “Pan y Circo” is an in-your-face show tackling major issues confronting society.

“Pan y Circo” is a new Amazon Prime show created by Mexican actor Diego Luna. The actor has a table of people including politicians, activists, and entertainers. The first episode focuses on race, a topic that is seeing some global attention following recent events. The discussion got frank with Luna admitting that he has benefited from the system as it stood.

The dinner party atmosphere is something that we can relate to further drawing us into the conversation.

For Luna, according to the LA Times, the dinner conversations are a cal back to a tie when these kinds of hard discussions happened over dinner. This was a time when these kinds of conversations were taken for granted because they were so common that it was normal.

The topics are going to be tough for many in the Latino community because they are so frank.

Abortion is one of the most taboo conversations in the Latino community. The topic is something the divides the Latino community, most commonly on generational lines. Luna’s decision to take this conversation to the mainstream is a major moment for the Latino community.

The first episode of “Pan y Circo” is out now on Amazon.

The next episode will be out on Friday, August 14.

READ: Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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Two Black Moms Took Their Kids To Play In A Fountain On The Mall Then Secret Service Officers Swarmed Them With Guns

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Two Black Moms Took Their Kids To Play In A Fountain On The Mall Then Secret Service Officers Swarmed Them With Guns

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Two Black mothers headed to our nation’s capital last week to give their children some playtime in the fountains at the World War II Memorial. The day was hot and the mothers thought the memorial would be a perfect place to let their children cool down and have some fun.

Unfortunately, the day quickly turned sinister when the women and their children were swarmed by Secret Service agents who pointed a rifle at them.

Last Thursday, India Johnson, 26, and Yasmeen Winston, 25, were driving their infants to take a splash in the fountains at the memorial when a Secret Service cruiser drove into their front left bumper.

The two women have reportedly been best friends since seventh grade and are mothers to boys: 13-month-old Sir Quincy (Johnson) and six-month-old G’esus (Winston). Both Sir Quincy and G’esus were sitting in the back seat of the car that they were driving. According to the women, Mother Goose Club was playing on the radio. Then, within seconds of the Secret Service cruiser driving into their car, an officer pointed a rifle at them and yelled “Get out!” and “Put your hands in the air!”

Soon enough, more officers surrounded them with guns. Eventually, Winston and Johnson were handcuffed and separated from their children. According to both women, they were detained without being given a reason as to why and were spoken to by police officers who did not wear masks, despite the current coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Washington Post, “Initially, the women said, an officer told them the vehicle had been reported stolen and that the suspects were two Black men. But the women, both African American, said no men were with them and provided proof that Johnson was the owner. She told the Secret Service she had never reported the car stolen. Eventually, the women were released — without an apology or answers to their questions.”

Winston and Johnson are now demanding that the Secret Service investigate the incident and release the details to the public.

“This incident took place near our national monuments across from the White House,” Timothy Maloney, the women’s attorney, wrote in a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray over the weekend. “It occurred after eight weeks of unprecedented national demonstrations about excessive police conduct, some of which took place right there on Constitution Avenue. Has the Secret Service learned nothing this summer?”

Speaking about the incident Winston told the Washington Post “I could have been another Breonna Taylor. I could have been another innocent woman who has no record and got shot.”

In a statement to the Post, a Secret Service spokesperson said that they had received a “query requesting the agency investigate an alleged interaction between Uniformed Division Officers and two members of the public” and that they are looking into the incident.

Winston says she and Johnson have spent the days after the incident completely traumatized.

Winston told the Post that she is currently seeking therapy and their friend is avoiding going outside of her home. “We don’t get in trouble. Nothing like this has ever happened to us. I thought the police were here to serve and protect us, and now it’s really uncomfortable,” she explained.

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