In a shocking incident that unfolded at New York City’s Times Square, a video capturing a verbal spat between Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and an 11-year-old girl has gone viral.
In the video, the young girl is seen confronting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, telling him to “kill yourself” and expressing antisemitic sentiments. The situation escalates as Rabbi Shmuley informs the girl that he will report the incident to the police. Despite being asked to apologise, the girl remains unapologetic, stating, “I’m not sorry.” Shockingly, her mother, seemingly amused, defends her daughter’s actions, emphasising her age, saying, “She is 11.”
Rabbi Shmuley, who shared the video on social media, wrote in the caption, “An ’11-year-old’ Muslim girl with her family walked over to me in Times Square and told me to kill myself because I’m a Jew. I am not making this up. You must watch this.” He further describes how the situation escalated, with the family’s small child allegedly kicking him while the daughter continued to express harmful sentiments.
The incident did not go unnoticed by passersby, with some reportedly joining in, yelling antisemitic remarks at Rabbi Shmuley. According to his account, some individuals even suggested that he should “kill himself” as a Jew. The incident unfolded on the night before Christmas, highlighting the alarming rise of antisemitism not only in the United States but around the world.
In response to the disturbing encounter, Rabbi Shmuley called for the identification of the individuals involved, stressing on the urgent need to address and combat the escalating danger of antisemitism. He stated, “Antisemitism is becoming unbelievably dangerous and deadly in the United States and around the world. We must fight this disease.”