In a NYC hate crime case, former Obama staffer Stuart Seldowitz receives a plea agreement

A former member of the National Security Council, who in November attacked a food cart vendor in New York with racist, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Islamic remarks, struck a plea agreement on hate crime charges. According to court records, 64-year-old Stuart Seldowitz entered a not guilty plea in November to two charges of fourth-degree hate crime/stalking and one count of second-degree aggravated harassment. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Seldowitz and the authorities came to a plea agreement on Thursday that calls for the charges to be dropped in exchange for him participating in a 26-week anti-bias training program, avoiding arrests, and not speaking with the victims.

 

According to an email obtained by CNN, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office regularly sends non-violent, misdemeanor hate crime cases for programming and training because it may be the most suitable and successful way to treat the underlying behavior and guarantee public safety. In a press release, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) denounced what it called a “sweetheart deal.” The cruel verbal attacks and intimidation directed against an innocent street vendor by eldowitz were captured on camera and made public, according to a statement from Afaf Nasher, the executive director of CAIR’s New York branch. “The sweetheart deal he got from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is completely out of character for him and a disgrace to our legal system.

 

After footage of Seldowitz aggressively abusing a food cart seller on Manhattan’s Upper East Side went viral on social media, denigrating Islam and accusing the man of being a Hamas supporter, the man was taken into custody. What would happen if we killed 4,000 Palestinian children? He stated in one of the videos, “It wasn’t enough.” Seldowitz says to the merchant in a another video, “We’re going to put big signs saying this guy believes in Hamas here.” Seldowitz asks the individual in a different video if he is familiar with the Mukhabarat, the Egyptian equivalent of the General Intelligence Service.

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