A man who had made “racial” and “antisemitic” threats at a Michigan Jewish preschool was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen MacDonald announced Sunday.
Hassan Yehia Chokr was charged with two counts of ethnic intimidation as a result of threats he made against parents and children at Temple Beth El on Friday. Chokr made the antisemitic and racial threats while parents were bringing children to the synagogue around 8:57 a.m. Friday, according to the statement.
Antisemitism and racism have no place in our country.
This morning, our office issued charges of Ethnic Intimidation following a recent incident at Temple Beth El.
We stand with the Jewish Community in condemning this incident and speaking out against antisemitism everywhere. pic.twitter.com/peMy35IOB2
— Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald (@OCPOMcDonald) December 4, 2022
Chokr was initially stopped via a traffic stop by Oakland County Police and released with a warning not to return, according to ClickOnDetroit. After further investigation, MacDonald stated on Twitter condemning the incident and stated that the Prosecutor’s office and the Oakland PD “stand with the Jewish community.”
The statement also noted that Chokr had been detained by the Dearborn Police Department and would remain in custody until he was arraigned on the charges. (RELATED: Twitter Suspends Kanye West’s Account)
StopAntisemitism’s Twitter posted a picture of the man in a white van on their account and encouraged anyone with knowledge of the situation to file a harassment report with the police.
HORRIFYING – while Jewish parents were dropping their kids off at Temple Beth El daycare in Bloomfield Hills, MI earlier this morning, a man in the white van outrageously screams “F*ck the Jews” and “F*ck Israel” while driving by. pic.twitter.com/lgXVzjoBi9
— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) December 2, 2022
Chokr’s Instagram had a post where he made violent threats against a different synagogue following a nationwide increase in antisemitic rhetoric and attacks, as reported by Yahoo News.
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Oakland PD, Dearborn PD, SA, MacDonald and Chokr did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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