SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE: Man Threatens to Burn Down Kosher Queens Bagel Shop Over Israeli Flags


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The NYPD is searching for an anti-Semite who said he would torch a kosher bagel shop in Queens if staff didn’t take down Israeli flags on the storefront.

According to police, the man entered Bagels & Co. on Union Turnpike and 188th St. in Fresh Meadows on last Wednesday and began recording video on his cellphone.

“Remove those Israeli flags and shut the business down, or I’ll burn the building down,” he told a store employee.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit’s investigation into the incident is ongoing and they are assessing the threat to the store.

Anyone with information is requested to call Crime Stoppers at (800)-577-TIPS.

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  1. With all due respect to the store, we are in Chutz L’aaretz, not in Israel.
    To display the Israeli flag when it’s not a Salute to Israel Parade day, or the like, is asking for trouble.
    I have seen those flags on that store for years, and for years I’ve been shaking my head in disapproval.
    I have friends who agree with me.

  2. yechiell. seriously? do you disapprove of the italian flag on every pizza shop in bensonhurts or the chineese writing on every chineese restaurant in every neighborhood in the city? in fact, chineese restaurants and its not chineese new year?

  3. please…..fellow Jews with LOW self esteem..please do not leave comments reflecting your self hatred..

    However, those with Jewish/Israel pride…please go to the Bagel store and support them…