New York City Council member Linda Lee paid a visit Wednesday to a bagel place in Queens targeted last week by an antisemite.
Last week Bagels & Co. was targeted by an anti-Semite who threatened to burn down the store for displaying an Israeli flag. No matter your politics, we cannot accept this hatred in District 23 or NYC, so today I visited the owners to assure them our community stands with them . pic.twitter.com/5R0wOBefa1
— Linda Lee for NYC (@LindaLeeforNYC) November 17, 2021
The attacker, who claimed to be “Palestinian,” filmed himself while threatening to burn down Bagels & Co. over the Israeli flag that flies above the restaurant.
BREAKING: Man claiming to be Palestinian reportedly made bomb threats earlier today against Bagels & Co, a kosher eatery in Queens, N.Y.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) November 11, 2021
The attacker demanded that the owners take down the Israeli flags and shut down the business.
New York State Assemblyman David Weprin said he was “monitoring the situation” along with New York Police Inspector Kevin Chan at the 107 precinct.
“No matter your politics, we cannot accept this hatred in District 23 or New York City,” Lee said, adding that she visited the store’s owners “to assure them our community stands with them 100 percent.”
An estimated 200,000 Jews live in the borough of Queens.