A Jewish man fired up by the Mideast conflict between Israel and Hamas nearly started a holy war of his own in Brooklyn — when he repeatedly drove his SUV draped with Israeli flags past a mosque while blaring Israeli music and flashing strobe lights.
But when Muslims blast the eardrum shattering Islamic Call to Prayer in the neighborhood five times a day beginning at 5AM, we aren’t allowed to complain because they are expressing their religious beliefs.
NY Post Officials charged Chaim Weiss, 20, Wednesday after he was allegedly caught on a surveillance camera repeatedly driving past the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge in a car ‘festooned with four Israeli flags. The Borough Park man allegedly drove by the mosque several times, playing Israeli tunes so loud that those inside could hear him as they recited Koran verses, officials said.
Chaim Weiss, 20, was arrested by cops from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force for his stunt at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge on July 20 during a 4 a.m. service for Ramadan, one of the most holy times of the year for Muslims.
Others who were worshiping outside because of an overflow crowd watched with outrage as Weiss cruised past. “This Jewish guy was driving by looking at people praying,” said Sarah Eljadu, a congregant. “People were angry. Why was he playing music and hanging an Israeli flag? They are killing us.”
“Seven or more times this guy drove up and down the street during the prayer service blasting Israeli music with Israeli flags dotting the car,” an NYPD spokesman said. Weiss knew that the neighborhood was predominantly Muslim — and admitted he hatched the plan to demonstrate “support for the Israeli people in Israel,” the complaint said.
The worshipers eventually called cops and showed surveillance video of the prank. The footage led cops to bust Weiss at the scene on misdemeanor charges of disruption or disturbance of a religious service and of disorderly conduct, court records say. He was not charged with a hate crime.
A police source said cops decided to cuff Weiss and put him through the court system because of the blatant nature of the disruption of the Ramadan service, amid heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas.