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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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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

Don’t call it a total cancellation.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has made the decision of their own accord to no longer publish or license six of the books written and illustrated by the writer Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. The American children’s author who passed away in 1991 was also a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), and his book  If I Ran the Zoo (1950) are among the books being pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.

On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises shared a statement on their website explaining their decision to cancel the publication of the books.

Citing the four other books including McElligot’s Pool (1947), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), On Beyond Zebra! (1955) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) the company explained that they came to the decision citing the fact that they each “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” explained the statement.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a company that, according to Time Magazine, works to preserve and protect “the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles.”

Children’s books by Dr. Seuss have long been considered a classic contribution to children’s literature.

The books’ colorful and fun illustrations and rhymes are still to this day instantly recognizable. Recently, however, the writer’s work has been re-examined and scrutinized for racial caricatures and stereotypes. This is especially when it comes to the depictions of Black and Asian people. Many have also pointed out that before he was known as Dr. Seusss, Geisel’s work had been strongly criticized for “drawing WWII cartoons that used racist slurs and imagery, as well as writing and producing a minstrel show in college, where he performed in blackface—a form of entertainment that some children’s literature experts point to as the inspiration for Geisel’s most famous character, the Cat in the Hat.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s announcement of their decision to pull these books coincided with the anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

Geisel’s birthday coincidentally comes at the same time as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which has long been attached to his books,

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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