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CAIR-NY Condemns Alleged Snatching of Jewish Boy’s Yarmulke by Man in Brooklyn 

(NEW YORK, NY, 6/21/2022)—The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned the alleged snatching of an 8-year-old Jewish boy’s yarmulke from his head by an unidentified man in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn yesterday afternoon.  

According to police, the alleged perpetrator approached the child, grabbed his yarmulke from his head, then ran away without uttering a word. He is now being sought for grand larceny and possible hate crime charges.  

SEE: NYPD hunt for suspect who ‘snatched’ yarmulke off boy’s head, investigated as hate crime 

Afaf Nasher, Executive Director of CAIR-NY, said in a statement:

“We condemn this obnoxious and malicious alleged display of contempt for religious attire. The yarmulke or kippah is a traditional head covering worn by Jewish males, typically during prayer and religious observances, but also at other times, as a symbol of Jewish identity. To forcibly remove it is profoundly disrespectful and hurtful, especially to an 8-year-old child. We urge the NYPD to find the alleged culprit and investigate whether anti-Jewish hatred was a motive.” 

She added that CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging white supremacy, anti-Jewish hate, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and all other forms of bigotry.  

Anyone with information about this incident should contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (English), 1-888-57-PISTA (Spanish), or via their website at 

CAIR-NY has condemned several other disturbing hate incidents in recent weeks:     


CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  

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CONTACT: Afaf Nasher, Esq., CAIR-NY Executive Director,; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director,