ישראלית הותקפה ברכבת על רקע אנטישמי ותקפה בחזרה
Lihi Aharon after the attack
Photo: Courtesy
Lihi Aharon after the attack

NYC woman indicted for hate crime after attacking Israeli

Victim suffers facial injuries in incident on subway after filming woman yelling anti-Semitic imprecations at Jewish man; attacker also shouted 'Allahu Akbar', cited Quran passages

i24NEWS, Itamar Eichner |
Published: 03.11.20 , 10:47
New York City prosecutors have formally indicted a woman suspected of assaulting an Israeli college student after verbally abusing her on the subway.
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  • Footage of the incident, filmed in late December, shows 38-year-old Zarinah Ali using anti-Semitic epithets and saying it was a shame that more Jews were not killed in a December attack on a New Jersey kosher supermarket that left four dead.
    ישראלית הותקפה ברכבת על רקע אנטישמי ותקפה בחזרהישראלית הותקפה ברכבת על רקע אנטישמי ותקפה בחזרה
    Lihi Aharon after the attack
    (Photo: Courtesy)
    Israeli national Lihi Aharon published a video on Facebook where she is seen with scratches on her face as she recounts the events of the attack. The video shows her assailant cursing and yelling anti-Semitic insults even as she is arrested by police at a subway station.
    In the video that was taken by Aharon's friend, she recounts how she got on the subway and asked the woman to move her possessions so that she could sit down. The woman refused and Aharon went to sit next to a Jewish man with a yarmulke and a beard.
    According to Aharon, Ali then started directing anti-Semitic imprecations at the man and yelled "Allahu Akbar."
    “She was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Allah will kill you,’ ‘nasty Jews,’ she was citing passages from the Quran and ‘when you see a Jew you got to kill him’ and she used a lot of profanity,” Aharon told Fox News in an interview.
    Ali then knocked the phone out of Aharon's hand and scratched her face in retaliation.
    The student said she pushed the emergency button and police arrived almost immediately and arrested Ali while she was still hurling anti-Semitic slurs at Aharon.
    Concluding her video narrative, Aharon said the scar on her face is a mark of pride because she stood up "to defend my people and my country."
    "Do not be afraid to step up and shut people up," Aharon said. "Do not be afraid to fight and return the fight."
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